A boldly re-imagined Broadway Plaza keynotes an otherwise conventional redesign of Arlington Center that consultants presented at Town Hall on Thursday night.
The fourth and final public meeting on the conceptual design was also marked by skepticism about bike lanes from an unexpected source
A few licks of paint added last July direct drivers to merge as they enter Arlington westbound from Cambridge. Are they effective?
Compare this year’s scene at Feast of the East with last year’s construction site fest.
Last week, contractors put the finishing touches on the flat, traversable median on Mass. Ave. in the business district in East Arlington.
The median now sports a fake-brick treatment that is surprisingly convincing.
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Arlington residents took to the streets on Thursday to explore and critique parks, intersections, and blocks along Mass. Ave between Pond Lane and Mill Street.
The so-called walkshop was the second of three public meetings the Town is holding to discuss possible improvements to the central business district, including streets and sidewalks.
Participants gathered outside Town Hall at 6 pm before breaking into groups by site, each led by a staff member from Vanesse Hangen Brustlin, an engineering firm. Some people visited more than one site.
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Broadway Plaza, Whittemore Park, sidewalks, lighting, and the planted median on Mass. Ave. were all in play in Arlington Center as the planning phase for Mass. Ave. II began last week with a presentation and workshop at the Town Hall Auditorium.
The punch list for this project, so many years in the making, includes traffic signals, sidewalks, and the planned median area in the business district. There are other smaller bit of work to take care of as well.
The traffic signals have, apparently, finally got signal cameras installed and activated. I believe I saw them in action on Tuesday.
The traffic light at Lake St. has always given an advanced left turn from Mass. Ave onto Lake, allowing three or sometimes four alert drivers to make that turn before an eastbound green cuts off the stream.
Contractors will break ground in Arlington Center on or about April 4 on a project to improve vehicular and pedestrian flow through the Route 60 intersection and draw cyclists off the sidewalks and onto new bike lanes and other facilities.
Who’s got the smoothest ride in the Boston area?
What’s the biggest single gain to cyclists from the Mass. Ave. Project? (Hint: It isn’t the bike lanes).
Phil Goff, a professional transit planner who served on the design committee for the Mass. Ave. Project, gave the following remarks about the new Mass. Ave. versus the old at Saturday’s ribbon-cutting.
The ceremony was held at the foot of Grafton Street, site of one of East Arlington’s most improved pedestrian crosswalks. Click any photo for a larger view.
As you look around, take in the new Mass Ave.
For the past 50 years, cars dominated the old Mass Ave but no more. For the past 50 years, walking across the old Mass Ave was like playing Russian Roulette but no more. For the past 50 years, bicyclists have had no space to ride on the old Mass Ave but no more.