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Green Line Extension groundbreaking set for Tuesday

7 December, 2012 (18:05) | News | By: Editor

Tuesday will be a red-letter day for the Green Line Extension project.

Eight and a half years after the start of planning for the long-promised extension, MassDOT announced today that Governor Deval Patrick and other officials will gather on Tuesday to kick off construction of Phase I of the project, which will extend service to Somerville and Medford.

Here is the MassDOT announcement:

Governor Patrick, Secretary Davey, Congressman Capuano, Mayor Curtatone, and other state and local elected officials to kick off construction of Phase I of Green Line extension.

WHO: Governor Deval Patrick, MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey, Congressman Michael Capuano, Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, and state and local elected officials.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: 180 Somerville Avenue, Somerville, MA. As you enter the Target parking lot, go to the left and head toward the back of the store parking lot.

WHAT: Phase I of the Green Line Extension consists of the reconstruction of the Harvard Street railroad bridge in Medford, and the Medford Street railroad bridge in Somerville. Both bridges will be rebuilt to accommodate both the existing Commuter Rail tracks and the Green Line tracks. Phase I also consists of the demolition of a building located at 21 Water Street in East Cambridge. The building, presently owned by the MBTA, will be razed to clear the path for the eventual extension of the tracks from Lechmere Station. Work under this $12.9 million effort will be done by Barletta Heavy Division.


Comment from Agunk
Time: January 28, 2013, 10:38 am

Great project! It seems like a win’ all-around. I think a new crsowsalk at the intersection of Bow and Walnut Streets should be included in the project, or at a minimum, that the new configuration doesn’t preclude installation of a crsowsalk at a later time. Currently, many pedestrians cross at this intersection. A crsowsalk would increase pedestrian safety and help create a more walkable business district.

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