River Street Bridge/Western Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation Projects Public Hearing

Tuesday, March 13th - 7:00pm
@ Morse Elementary School, 40 Granite Street, Cambridge [map]

The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Rehabilitation of River St and Western Ave Bridges over the Charles River and Soldiers Field Rd. All views and comments made at the hearing will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible.

The purpose of the project is to repair the River Street and Western Avenue Bridges over the Charles River and Soldiers Field Road so that they can continue to efficiently and safely meet the needs of the traveling public. The project will rehabilitate the bridges to maintain their structural integrity, preserve their historicity, and to better meet the needs of all users including motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and recreational boaters. The Soldiers Field Rd bridge superstructures will likewise be replaced to ensure their continued structural viability.

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.

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., Acting Chief Engineer, MassDOT, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, ATTN: Accelerated Bridge Program, Project File No. 605527. 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 internet.