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The bridge closures are here

The price of the future Green Line through Somerville is a lot of annoying construction. In a couple of weeks that begins in earnest with the first major bridge closing. Here’s the schedule:

  • Broadway bridge at Ball Square: March 22, 2019 – March 2020
  • Washington St underpass in East Somerville: April 2019 – Fall 2019 and also Spring 2020 – Fall 2020
  • Medford St bridge at Gilman Square: July 2019 – Spring 2020
  • School St bridge: End of 2019 – Fall 2020
  • Cedar St bridge: Early 2020
  • Lowell St bridge: Summer 2020

The closures of the Broadway and Medford Street bridges are necessary in order to accommodate the construction of new Green Line light-rail tracks. Currently, these bridges are only wide enough to accommodate the existing commuter rail service that operates beneath them. The Washington St. bridge requires a complete reconstruction of abutments and structural span in order to accommodate the addition of new light-rail transit service and the Community Path.

“Here’s the schedule for the Green Line Extension bridge closures — and how to get around them” (Boston.com)

This article has useful maps for all three closures and their associated detours for vehicles, buses, bikes, and pedestrians.

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Check out the rail and trolley lines in Somerville in 1925

Zoom in on this wonderful 1925 map to see the many surface lines that served Somerville. With the Green Line Extension, we’re bringing back historical greatness!

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Buses, Uncategorized
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Plans to redesign Somerville’s Central Broadway corridor

The City presented plans for its Winter Hill in Motion project, which will include a dedicated bus/bike lane, bus stop consolidation, signal timing changes, and new pavement marking and signs. View the slides from the meeting.

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New Green Line station plans and 3D renderings

All the plans and documents shared at the January 30 public meeting have now been published. You can look through everything on the STEP Green Line map by clicking on any station. Or you can download the PDFs and slides.

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Somerville Journal covers Green Line meeting

“GLX: Coming soon to a Somerville station near you”

MBTA Deputy Program Manager of Stakeholder Engagement Terry McCarthy acknowledged that they heard plenty of questions from Somervillians, especially about landscaping and planting. He said the project team is still negotiating how to effectively communicate with residents.

“We’ve been working on the project for about a year,” he said, “And it’s a design-build project, so in the working group we talked about how to present where we are.”

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Health Issues
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STEP participates in indoor air quality study

“Study to investigate indoor air quality in affordable housing near busy roadways” (Tufts Now)

“A first-of-its-kind study led by Tufts University researchers, in collaboration with Somerville officials and citizens, will measure indoor air quality and comfort in multifamily housing developments near busy roadways. The study will develop recommendations for the design and operation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to create a protective indoor environment that restricts residents’ exposure to transportation-related air pollution.”

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Green Line public meeting

It was a packed house last night as many people came to look at the current Green Line plans, ask questions, and offer feedback. View some photos of the event.

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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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Green Line, Uncategorized
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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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