Bridge Replacement & Revere Beach Parkway Reconstruction Projects Public Hearing (Medford)

Wednesday, June 20th - 7:00pm
@ Medford City Hall, City Council Chambers, 85 George P. Hassett Drive, Medford [map]

Hosted by MassDOT

The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed bridge reconstruction project. All views and comments made at the hearing will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible.

The proposed project consists of the replacement of these two structurally deficient bridges and improvements to Revere Beach Parkway (Route 16) from approximately Brainard Avenue to Santilli Circle. Bridge (E-12-004=M-12-018) (Woods Memorial Bridge) is a former draw bridge that has not operated in over 30 years and will be replaced with a fixed (non-moveable) bridge structure. Each bridge will be replaced in its entirety with new substructure (abutments and piers) and superstructure (roadway deck). Revere Beach Parkway will retain the existing 6 travel lanes (3 each way). Safety and operation will be improved by the addition of a continuous auxiliary lane to allow proper acceleration, deceleration, and weaving distances for entering and exiting traffic at on/off ramps. Improvements to safety and accommodation for pedestrians and bicycles include widened shoulders, 10 foot sidewalks, and paved, multi-use paths below the Woods Bridge along each side of the Malden River connecting to existing or future paths extending up & down river and to the Parkway sidewalks above. These improvements provide a continuous safe and accessible linear route along the each side of the River below, the Parkway above, and the means to connect between them. Pedestrian access to Wellington Station will also be improved with the addition of new sidewalks. Stormwater runoff quality will be improved by the introduction of current Best Management Practices for stormwater treatment. The bridges will be reconstructed utilizing staged construction, maintaining three (3) lanes of traffic in each direction during construction. Access to the MBTA Wellington Station will be maintained at all times.

A secure right-of-way is necessary for this project. Acquisitions in fee and permanent or temporary easements may be required. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is responsible for acquiring all needed rights in private or public lands. MassDOT's policy concerning land acquisitions will be discussed at this hearing.

Written views received by MassDOT subsequent to the date of this notice and up to five (5) days prior to the date of the hearing shall be displayed for public inspection and copying at the time and date listed above. Plans will be on display one-half hour before the hearing begins, with an engineer in attendance to answer questions regarding this project. A project handout will be made available on the MassDOT website listed below.

Written statements and other exhibits in place of, or in addition to, oral statements made at the Public Hearing regarding the proposed undertaking are to be submitted to Thomas F. Broderick, P.E., Chief Engineer, MassDOT, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Attention.: Shoukry Elnahal, P.E., Director of Accelerated Bridge Program, Project File No. 604660. Such submissions will also be accepted at the hearing. Mailed statements and exhibits intended for inclusion in the public hearing transcript must be postmarked within ten (10) business days of this Public Hearing. Project inquiries may be emailed.

This location is accessible to people with disabilities. MassDOT provides reasonable accommodations and/or language assistance free of charge upon request (including but not limited to interpreters in American Sign Language and languages other than English, open or closed captioning for videos, assistive listening devices and alternate material formats, such as audio tapes, Braille and large print), as available. For accommodation or language assistance, please contact MassDOT's Director of Civil Rights by phone at (617) 973-7171, TTD/TTY at (617) 973-7715, fax (617) 973-7311 or by email. Requests should be made as soon as possible prior to the meeting, and for more difficult to arrange services including sign-language, CART or language translation or interpretation, requests should be made at least ten business days before the meeting.

In case of inclement weather, hearing cancellation announcements will be posted on the MassHighway website.