Boston, MA– The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced this week that they will be reconfiguring the Charles River Dam Road in Boston and Cambridge and adding bike lanes near the Museum of Science next month. The decision was made after results from a roadway safety audit, following the death of a BU student who was hit and killed by a dump truck when riding his bike last November.
Reconfiguration of the Charles River Dam Road will include work on the Craigie Bridge, resulting in two lanes for motor vehicle traffic in each direction along with a separated bike lane in each direction; vertical stanchions will separate the bike lanes.
According to WCVB, a dedicated turn lane will be added to Land Boulevard, along with new markings, signage and traffic signals in all mentioned areas. MassDOT is excited to implement this new change, seeing as the Charles River Dam Road, the street connecting Edwin H. Land Boulevard and the Leverett Circle, is heavily trafficked most of the day; rush hour traffic can be even worse.
MassDOT Director of Sustainable Mobility, Jackie DeWolfe, stated, “We are excited to be making roadway enhancements, including adding bicycle lanes separated with flex posts, to this important corridor between Boston and Cambridge.” Traffic signalization will also be put in place for operators of both bicycles and vehicles. The signalization will be timed so that the traveling public can be regulated during peak hours with minimal traffic congestion.
The City of Boston Chief of Streets, Chris Osgood, stated, “These two new bike lanes and further investment in state roads will provide another link in our region’s growing network of bicycle infrastructure and help continue to make transportation easy, safe and equitable for all.” Many cyclists agree that MassDOT is taking a step in the right direction with this construction project.
The project is expected to be completed in August. This is not the only project MassDOT is currently working on; the organization is putting its best foot forward to improve the core infrastructure throughout the Commonwealth. The 5-year planned period of construction work started on July 1, 2018, with an expected budget of approximately $7.6 billion allocated for improving road systems and bridge projects.