Archive for March, 2012|Monthly archive page

Mass. Ave. loses safety features in abrupt design change

Both the pedestrian island (dark grey) and the flush median (crosshatched) are no longer in the plan for the Wyman St. crossing.

Arlington has changed its design for the western segment of the Mass. Ave. project, stripping the pedestrian crossing at Wyman St. of many safety features.

These include a pedestrian island that had been added in response to community concerns.

These changes allow for a second lane of inbound traffic that the Town’s consulting engineers had previously determined was not necessary.

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Arlington Center to get conventional bike lanes, improvements

The plan calls for a new signalized crossing at Swan Place, bike lanes, and other improvements. Click drawing for larger view.

The Board of Selectmen last night approved a plan for the intersection of Route 60 and Mass. Ave. that features a new pedestrian crossing, bike lanes, and other tweaks to improve safety and traffic flow.

The Board also gave a preliminary go-ahead to a plan that would bring temporary art installations to Mass. Ave.

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Greenway construction slated for August finish

Yet-to-be-improved segment as seen from Henderson St. and Route 16, looking north.

Work on the Alewife Greenway path will finish by the end of August and will include a ten-foot-wide boardwalk path connecting Broadway with the Henderson Street Bridge, according to DCR Director of Recreation and Facility Planning Dan Driscoll.

In a wide-ranging presentation at the winter social of the Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee, Driscoll, the chief architect of many DCR multiuse paths, also said that the project would include a signalized crossing over the Mystic River Parkway at the north end of the path.

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Fresh bricks

Working yesterday and today, a crew laid down new brick at Centennial Park on the north side of Mass. Ave.

Bricks patch the hole at Centennial Park North. Looking north from Mass. Ave. March 6.

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