Project update suggest slippage

Mass. Ave. reconstruction may not begin until early 2013, according to a revised “Project Update and Frequently Asked Questions” memo that the Town’s planning department posted December 1 on its web page for the project.

The memo uses a Q&A format to address lane configuration, parking, and other issues. The eighth answer (page 3) reads as follows:

We expect construction will begin in the fall of 2012, or the spring of 2013

suggesting that the protracted design process may bump construction into another season.

The first part of the memo, which describes the main features of the redesign, appears not to reflect changes made since August.

An “additional FAQs” memo posted last month by the Town and addressing other issues has slipped onto the archive page. You can download it directly here (pdf file).

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3 comments so far

  1. Marc on

    Sad about the delays (and the commercial resistance)… I feel like I take my life into my hands every time I cross, even at a crosswalk.

    Marc Reichman
    Silk St.

    • Adam Auster on

      Hi Marc! This is just an aside, but I find I really have sympathy for the business owners (many of whom are supportive, by the way). It’s not going to be a cakewalk for them, no matter how good the plan is.

      If any of them believe this will be postponed any more, though, or that the Commonwealth will permit illegal parking spaces, they are fooling themselves.

      • Marc on

        I do appreciate the fact that there is support. This can’t come quickly enough. Tonight with food from Francesca’s in my hand I almost got run down with my wife crossing from inbound to outbound by marathon. It’s like a speedway.


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