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The proposed improvements to Route 30 (Commonwealth Avenue) and the adjacent carriageway begin at the westernmost driveway of the Boston Marriott Hotel, just east of Auburn Street, and end at Ash Street, including the intersection and all approaches. For the segment from the hotel to Woodbine Street, Route 30 is a divided 4-lane roadway with no sidewalk (except for a short segment on the south side at the westernmost edge of project limits) or bicycle facilities and a wide median. The proposed cross section will narrow this median and re-purpose the space on the north side of the roadway to either a shared use path or separated bicycle and pedestrian facilities. East of Woodbine Street, the existing 22-foot carriageway will be converted to the shared use path or separated bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The existing cross section of Route 30 will be maintained but 5-foot shoulders will be striped to allow for on-road bicycling facilities as well. Driveways and side streets will be extended from where they currently intersect the carriageway to Route 30; the pedestrian and bicycle facilities will be raised across the driveways and side streets to create safer crossings for the most vulnerable users. There will be three mid-block crossings with Rapid Rectangular Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) installed at MBTA bus stops and the Blue Heron trail entrance. The intersection at Ash Street will be reconstructed to improve pedestrian and bicycle crossings and address circulation issues at Lyons Field. This will include signal reconstruction, wheelchair ramps, and crosswalks. One 5-foot sidewalk with a 3-foot buffer will be constructed on the south side of the project to build a continuous pedestrian network. Lighting and utilities in the median are expected to be retained and drainage impacts should be minor.
  • City of Newton
  • Design Responsibility: Municipality
    Right of Way Responsibility: Municipality
    Construction Begins: Autumn 2023
    Project Manager: Stephanie Upson
    Estimated Total Contract Cost: $6,666,430.95
    Estimated Total Federal Participating Construction Cost: $6,820,808.93
    Funding Provision: This project is planned to be funded through the 2023 Transportation Improvement Program for the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization.
    District: District 6
    Current Status: This project has been advertised for construction bids. (as of 08/26/2023 )

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    Property Impacts - Right of Way
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    Environmental Impacts
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    Project Design
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    Project Funding
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    Public Involvement
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    Accelerated Bridge Program
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    Planned Federal FY: 2023
    Responsible MPO: Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization
    Location: Municipality
    Cities: NEWTON
    Category: Advertised Projects Constr.
    Budget Section: 2C
    Advance Construct: No
    Air Quality Exempt: No

  • STIP Action #14 reallocated some CMAQ to TAP.
  • Category FA - Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality (CMAQ)
    Federal Cost: $3,978,578.40
    State Cost: $994,644.60
    Total Cost: $4,973,223.00
    Category FA - Trans. Alternative Prgm (TAP)
    Federal Cost: $1,464,916.00
    State Cost: $366,229.00
    Total Cost: $1,831,145.00

    Project Task Information
    Project Status
    Project Need Form PNF Entered 12/05/2019
    Project Need Form PNF Approved 12/03/2019
    Project Initiation Form PIF Entered 12/05/2019
    Project Initiation Form PIF Approved 12/05/2019
    Project Initiation Form PRC Submitted 12/13/2019
    Project Review Committee PRC Approved 12/19/2019
    Project Status Advertised 08/26/2023
    Project Management
    100% Design 100% Package Received 01/11/2023
    100% Design 100% Package Comments to DE 02/23/2023
    25% Design 25% Package Received 11/30/2020
    25% Design 25% Package Comments to DE 03/05/2021
    25% Design 25% Package Received - Resub 1 11/05/2021
    25% Design Design Public Hearing 03/03/2022
    75% Design 75% Package Received 08/17/2022
    75% Design 75% Package Comments to DE 09/20/2022
    Final Design PS&E Received 04/28/2023
    Final Design PS&E Received - Resub 1 06/05/2023
    Final Design PS&E Received - Resub 2 07/20/2023