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McGrath overpass is probably coming down and here are the latest plans

McGrathLogoAt a public meeting in late May, the State shared the latest thinking on bringing down the McGrath Highway overpass and replacing it with something more friendly. Download the presentation to see details on current construction, the traffic study, current planningĀ on ped, bike, and transit modes, and much more.

Also check out the official MassDOT project website and a quick project fact sheet.

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McGrath Blvd
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Stop MassDOT from repairing Somerville’s McCarthy overpass

A Somerville Journal guest column
It seems like the same old story for our city. The state continues delaying the long-promised Green Line but pushes unwanted repair of the McCarthy overpass ahead of completing the planning study to remove the overpass despite strong opposition from community. We still have one small hope of removing this overpass – a public hearing is scheduled for next Thursday.

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McGrath Blvd
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STEP letter on McGrath overpass repair and de-elevation

Sent to the Board of Directors of MassDOT
As residents of Somerville advocating for good transportation for our city and the region, we are writing to express our dismay over the rush to repair the McCarthy Overpass on the McGrath Highway. It was with frustration and incredulity that we just recently heard of the decision by MassDOT to rush to repair the Overpass despite the strong objections of residents of Somerville and Cambridge. The fact that there was no public involvement with the community with Mass DOT about the impact of the repairs on travel in the area is completely unacceptable especially when compared to the significant community engagement that took place when the same roadway was closed for repairs at the Museum of Science and for the traffic restrictions due to repairs on the Longfellow Bridge.

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Green Line, McGrath Blvd
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Op-ed on McGrath Highway and the Green Line

Boston Globe: “A hope of renewal for Somerville”
“At best, the old elevated McGrath highway will hem in any economic activity following the Green Line extension, creating a barrier that impedes new business from spreading to a section of town badly in need of it. At worst, by severing neighborhoods and stifling physical connections, the McGrath could severely dampen the potential of a classic transit-oriented development opportunity.”

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