The purpose of this project is to improve vehicular and pedestrian safety and improve traffic operations through the project corridor. The project will involve the reconstruction of approximately 5,200 feet (1.0 mile) of the Town-owned segment of Boston Road (Route 3A), running from Simmons Lane to River Street. The project locus map is shown below.
The project also includes intersection improvements, construction of new concrete sidewalks, granite curbing, grading, landscaping, drainage improvements, pavement markings, and the installation of a flashing signal at the intersection with Good Street. At this time, we envision that the proposed improvements will provide a consistent cross section of four lanes with shoulders, sidewalks and bicycle accommodation between River Street and Simmons Lane.
On October 9, 2009, the Town received approval from MassDOT’s Project Review Committee for eligibility for Federal Aid funding for this project. The process will be similar to the Town’s Concord Road and Cook Street & Alexander Road projects, where the Town will be responsible for the cost of the engineering design, environmental permitting, and any Right-of-Way acquisitions and/or easements necessary for the implementation of the project. MassDOT, through a combination of state and federal funding, will be responsible for funding the construction cost of the project.
Design will begin in 2014, starting with field survey of the project area. As we develop the conceptual design for the project we intend on scheduling a number of public meetings to discuss the ideas we have on this important project and receive feedback from anyone interested.