Green paint and flex posts will soon replace the traffic barrels that currently delineate the pop-up network around Boston Common and the Public Garden.
Bring on the green paint and flex posts!
Look, I'm not saying it's likely. It's not like I'm an optimist or anything.Hahahahahahaha
God I hate hate hate that sidewalk so much. This is about 20 years overdue.Important gap filled here. Until the mythic pedestrian bridge between Assembly and Encore appears, this bridge is a key link between path networks like the Northern Strand path and the expanding Harborwalk paths. https://www.thesomervilletimes.com/archives/102965
Somerville installing bike lanes on Wellington Bridge
The City of Somerville will install protected bike lanes on Route 28 across the Wellington Bridge thanks to a MassDOT Shared Streets and Spaces Program grant award. This new statewide funding program supports public health by facilitating quick-build projects that provide new or repurposed space for socially-distanced walking, bicycling, dining, retail, and bus travel during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Wellington Bridge has long represented a gap in the regional network of walking and biking routes along the Mystic River. A narrow 4-foot sidewalk prevents social distancing for people walking, jogging, rolling, and biking across the bridge. Local and regional policy plans identify this crossing as a priority for upgrades to better connect the riverside parklands, employment centers, and transit hubs of Somerville, Medford, Everett, and Boston. Although the City of Somerville will perform the work, the project was planned in partnership with the City of Medford and with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Installation is expected to take place in late fall 2020.
The grant-funded project will reconfigure pavement markings on the bridge, reducing the width of the motor vehicle lanes and using the reclaimed space to establish a physically-separated bike lane in each direction that connects to existing pathways in Assembly Square, Station Landing, MacDonald Park, and Blessing of the Bay Park. The separated bike lanes will reduce crowding on the sidewalks, improving comfort and safety for people on foot or on wheels. Narrower lane widths for motor vehicles are intended to reduce speeding, improving safety for all road users.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Somerville has prepared and implemented strategies for safe and equitable mobility. A citywide Shared Streets network was established to better connect residents to essential services and destinations. A major outdoor dining initiative transformed streets into restaurant seating spaces to support the economic recovery. And to reduce crowding on MBTA buses, the city will build new on-street transit lanes, including a dedicated bus lane and protected bike lane along Washington Street in East Somerville.
I haven't taken snapshots of the other parts of the streets that are being reconstructed but it's nice to see a dramatic streetscape change in the middle of a square. Beats the crazy chariot race that used to be there. The other Washington/Somerville Ave intersection though ....They really followed through on significantly narrowing Somerville Ave through the square. Somerville is on the right track.
I wouldn't bank on the light timing since the construction started a couple years ago as reflective of any of the traffic signal timing to be expected. I'm more worried about how many 4-legged intersections in Somerville are *still* exclusive all-walk phased. It significantly delays the bus and (legal) cycling. I hope that we don't get those all-walk exclusive phasing back ever again.Sort of a tangent, but does anyone else absolutely hate the light timing on that traffic intersection. Somerville Ave is consistently timed way too long with long gaps of no cars.
Also made worse by the Botson area's obsession with each direction getting their own signal dedicated time segment instead of a flashing yellow turn with straight right-of-ways.
Really glad to see the streets get more narrow and bike infrastructure expand.
True. I think my last few memories of this area are actually before construction a couple years back, or at least before I noticed any of it.I wouldn't bank on the light timing since the construction started a couple years ago as reflective of any of the traffic signal timing to be expected. I'm more worried about how many 4-legged intersections in Somerville are *still* exclusive all-walk phased. It significantly delays the bus and (legal) cycling. I hope that we don't get those all-walk exclusive phasing back ever again.
Here's the detailed plan. Definitely too late, but I would say not too little. There's a lot of very good in this.https://www.jamaicaplainnews.com/20...anes-on-arborway-as-early-as-this-fall/238110
Looks like the Arborway is going to finally get some real bike facilities. The painted lane between the circle and forest hills was a joke.