Commonwealth Avenue Improvement Project Public Hearing

Wednesday, March 28th - 7:00pm
@ The Club Room, Agganis Arena at Boston University, 925 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston [map]

Hosted by MassDOT

PURPOSE
The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Commonwealth Avenue Improvement project (Phase 2A). All views and comments made at the hearing will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible.

PROPOSAL
The proposed improvements are intended to create a "complete street" solution that improves operations and safety of vehicles, bicyclists, the MBTA Green Line trolleys, and pedestrians. The approximate project limits are from the BU Bridge to Alcorn Street. The project includes roadway resurfacing, reconstruction of sidewalks, widening of the MBTA Reservation area, intersection improvements and signal upgrades, bike lanes, and improvements to storm-water collection facilities. The project will also include a significant urban design effort to upgrade pedestrian facilities. The streetscape elements will include period lighting, benches, bike racks, planters, sidewalk feature strips and planting of street trees.

A secure right-of-way is necessary for this project. Acquisitions in fee and permanent or temporary easements may be required. The City of Boston 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, ATTN: Project Management Section, Project File No. 606284. 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.