Rutherford Ave / Sullivan Square

 

BREAKING NEWS 3/13/13: Rutherford Ave to become more livable!   

 

You spoke up, wrote letters, and attended meetings, and the City of Boston listened. Thank you.

 

This week, the City of Boston announced that it will reclaim Rutherford Avenue as a true city street, one that is pedestrian and bicycle-friendly, and that knits neighborhoods together instead of splitting them apart. The new surface option design will include:

  • Safe pedestrian crossings and connections between the neighborhood and MBTA Orange Line stations.
  • 50 feet of green, open space to serve as a buffer between traffic and neighborhood homes.
  • Parcels for new housing at Sullivan Square.
  • The connection of the Mystic River waterfront to the Charles River.
  • The elimination of underpasses at Austin Street and at Sullivan Square, and the introduction of conventional surface streets with signalized intersections to manage traffic flow.
  • The inclusion of enough traffic lanes to continue to provide for smooth traffic flow and protect Charlestown from cut-through traffic.
  • The extension of Spice Street to Rutherford Avenue to allow for Cambridge Street traffic to bypass the rotary area.

Later this year, a community design process will begin to develop the final design.

                                                                 
                                                                           Gerald Robbins of RCIC presenting at StreetTalk 10 in 1, Dec 2012

See full City of Boston press release here >>> 

 

Since 2008 (link to letter), we have been working with dozens of partners, and most recently the Rutherford Corridor Improvement Coalition (RCIC), for a more livable Rutherford Ave. In 2008, the City of Boston began a project to rethink and redesign Rutherford Avenue and Sullivan Square in Charlestown. Since 2008, we have been asking you to speak up for livable streets. Thanks for all your hard work and support. Today we celebrate.  


BACKGROUND

In July 2008, the City of Boston began a project to rethink and redesign Rutherford Avenue and Sullivan Square in Charlestown. The project aims to reclaim Rutherford Avenue as a true city street, one that is pedestrian and bicycle-friendly, and that knits neighborhoods together instead of splitting them apart. It also aims to reconfigure the roads around Sullivan Square to better serve all users and reduce traffic bottlenecks. Both parts of the project hope to encourage regional traffic to use I-93, with reconfigured and redesigned roadways serving local travel, supporting new development and encouraging more neighborhood activity.

LivableStreets has attended and will continue to attend public meetings about the project, as well as communicate with the project managers regarding which ideas we prefer and additional ideas that they may not already be considering.

LivableStreets has met with some of our partner advocacy organizations (WalkBoston, MassBike, and Institute for Human Centered Design) to build consensus amongst the many proposed ideas and help form a unified voice that the city can more easily respond to. We will continue to engage the advocates and other involved agencies and organizations in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville as the project moves forward.

The City of Boston has completed the preliminary design of this project and as a result of the extensive community process has decided to go with the Surface Option (as opposed to the Underpass Option). This option creates a continuous linear park along the east edge of Rutherford Ave, allows for more development parcels, and does a better job of encouraging safer travel speeds through the area.

January 2009 UPDATE: LivableStreets Comment Letter, January 2009>>>

December 2012 UPDATE: Important Rutherfod Ave public meeting Dec 6, 2012. Come and speak up for more livable streets!

OFFICIAL INFORMATION

Rutherford Avenue / Sullivan Square Design Project -- City of Boston [web]

NEWS

Charlestown Bridge - Community process begins for Rutherford Avenue / Sullivan Square project (July 31, 2008) [web] [pdf]

Charlestown Patch - Capuano Raises Concerns About Sullivan Square Project (November 30, 2010) [web]

Charlestown Patch - Sullivan Square Redesign on Track (January 31, 2011) [web]

Boston Cyclists Union - Sullivan Sq./Rutherford Ave. project in peril (May 12, 2011) [web]

Boston Globe - Community Mobilizes for Sullivan Square Meeting (May 17, 2011) [web]

Charlestow Patch - Capuano Meeting Could Shape Sullivan Square Redesign (May 18, 2011) [web]

RELATED SITES

Surface Option Supporters [web]