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Green Line Extension advisory group to meet Nov. 15

2 November, 2012 (23:32) | News, Community Event | By: Editor

The Green Line Extension Project Team will introduce the new Preliminary Engineering and Final Design consulting team for the project at a meeting of the GLX Design Working Group on Thursday, November 15. This meeting was originally scheduled for October 30 but was postponed because of Hurricane Sandy.

The new consulting team, a joint venture of AECOM and HNTB, received a Notice to Proceed on September 20. It will perform the engineering and final design work under the direction of HDR/Gilbane, which continues in the Project Management/Construction Management role.

Also at the meeting, which is open to the public, the GLX Project Team will update the committee on progress on the FTA New Starts funding application, and the project schedule moving forward.

Groundbreaking for Phase I of the project is expected to take place this fall, pending MBTA Board approval of the construction contract. Barletta Heavy Division Inc. was the apparent low bidder on the Phase I work, which will include the widening of two railroad bridges (over Harvard Street in Medford and over Medford Street in Somerville) to accommodate the additional Green Line tracks, and the demolition of the MBTA tire storage building at 21 Water Street in the Lechmere area.

The GLX Design Working Group, created in 2010, is an 18-member committee that assists and advises the MBTA on issues related to Green Line Extension station design, general construction matters, and other community concerns. The committee includes citizen and municipal representatives from Medford, Somerville and Cambridge, as well as officials from the MBTA, MassDOT, and Tufts University.

The November 15 Design Working Group meeting will be held at  the 51 Winthrop Street building on the Tufts campus in Medford (the former Sacred Heart Church, at the corner of Boston Avenue).

The building can be reached via MBTA bus routes 80, 94 and 96. Parking is available on Boston Avenue, along Capen Street Extension, in the Dowling Parking Garage on Boston Avenue, and in surface lots near Miller Hall and Hill Hall (Tufts  buildings). Accessible parking is available next to the 51 Winthrop Street building.

For access or language accommodations, contact Karen Arpino-Shaffer at 617-426-9570, ext 114 or info@glxinfo.com at least one week before the meeting.

More information about the project is available on the Green Line Extension website.

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