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New detailed plans for the Community Path

The MBTA released some high-resolution draft plans of the new Community Path route and associated access points, noise walls, and so on. Download the big PDF and take a look.

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Green Line construction on track

“MBTA: No snags so far on Green Line extension work” (Boston Herald)

“The leader of the MBTA’s Green Line Extension project told T overseers Monday that the trolley service extension is about 60 percent designed and said he has not seen signs of possible snags on the horizon.

Dalton said the bulk of the construction-related work taking place now is related to drainage infrastructure, retaining walls and noise barriers. Demolition of buildings will begin later this month, he said, and the impacts of the construction will soon become more evident.

In late March, the Broadway Bridge will close for 12 months and the Washington Street bridge will be closed from April until November to accommodate Green Line Extension construction, Dalton said.”

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In-progress Green Line station plans

This month, the Green Line Extension (GLX) team shared updated station plans with the GLX Community Working Group. These are still evolving but worth a look. To see more, come to the Jan 30 public meeting.

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Broadway bridge closure and proposed detours

The City of Somerville hosted a public meeting about the coming Green Line construction and its impact on the Broadway bridge area. View the slides that cover:

  • Current draft of traffic detours
  • Pedestrian and cyclist detours
  • Bus route changes

“At last, Somerville’s getting the Green Line, but road closures come with it” (Boston Globe)

Mark Niedergang, who represents the Ball Square neighborhood on the Somerville Board of Aldermen, said the city is still eager for the $2.3 billion transit project after years of delays — but the bridge closure will be a massive disruption.

“You’ve got to break eggs to make an omelet, but this is going to be very painful,” he said.

Niedergang and some neighbors are worried cut-through traffic will make local streets unsafe.

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New Green Line opening dates

This is a first: The Green Line Extension schedule just got moved UP a bit. We had expected the Green Line to open in December 2021, but in the latest monthly status report, we have new projected dates:

  • The Union Square branch will open April 28, 2021.
  • The main (Medford) branch will open July 21, 2021.

This could still change, so cross your fingers.

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Detours during Green Line construction

Some key bridges are closing during construction, and those impacts were made clearer at a July 18 public meeting on the Green Line Extension. View the presentation slides, which include information on:

  • New detours announced for vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians, with maps of all the impacted roads
  • Community Path updated route
  • Construction status update
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Bridge closures are coming during Green Line construction

Perhaps the most annoying price we’ll pay for the Green Line Extension are bridge closures during construction. Shown here is the current schedule, which may change. Dark green means a closed bridge. For most of these closures, that means no cars, no cyclists, no pedestrians.

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New maps of the Community Path extension

The State has published new draft maps of the future Community Path that will live alongside the Green Line Extension. The new improved route avoids awkward bridge crossings, which is good news.

Old route:

New route:

View slides from the July 10 Community Working Group meeting. Keep reading for more maps.

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Roundup of coverage of the Green Line groundbreaking

“Green Line extension breaks ground — for real, this time” (Boston Globe)

“Officials Break Ground On Green Line Extension” (WBUR)

“Green Line Extension breaks ground” (Somerville Times)

“Federal, state officials celebrate groundbreaking of $2.3B Green Line extension” (WHDH TV 7NEWS)

“MBTA Green Line Extension Project Officially Underway in Somerville” (NECN)

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Green Line groundbreaking!

Today in Union Square a crowd gathered for an official groundbreaking for the Green Line Extension project! (Yes, there have been ceremonies like this before, but as a few speakers joked today, this time it will stick.) Keep reading for more photos from the event.

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