CONCORD, Mass. – Construction activities continue on Phase 1 of the $30.9 million Muddy River Flood Risk Management and Environmental Restoration project in Boston, Massachusetts. On Saturday, December 5, another traffic shift will occur so that we can open the end state new left turn onto Park Drive from Riverway to vehicular traffic and open the end state crosswalks for pedestrian use. In addition, the Jug Handle roadway and its sidewalk will be removed permanently for vehicular and pedestrian traffic flow. As a result of this permanent closure, vehicular traffic will now be allowed to take a left turn onto Park Drive for those traveling on Brookline Avenue Inbound.
Traffic flow will remain in the same traffic pattern from the last traffic change in April 2015. Traffic coming down Brookline Avenue or Boylston Street outbound that want to continue down Brookline Avenue to the medical center will be able to continue on Brookline Avenue. Traffic signals that were installed from the September 2013 traffic change will remain permanently to ease congestion that occurs when traffic traveling down Park Drive from Brookline tries to merge with traffic exiting the Riverway toward Brookline Avenue. A figure showing the scheduled December 5th traffic shift is shown at the end of this notice.
These changes are being made in order to open the end state new left turn onto Park Drive from Riverway to vehicular traffic so that the Jug Handle roadway can be permanently removed from traffic flow. This will allow the Muddy River to be daylighted in the Jug Handle area and the removal of the existing undersized twin 72” culverts. This shift will help to maintain project completion in early 2016. Police details will be used to assist drivers and pedestrians during the implementation and initial stages of this traffic shift.
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If you have questions contact Project Manager, Jennifer Flanagan at MuddyRiver@usace.army.mil or call 978-318-8015.
Release no. 2015-115