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Congress Street in Fort Point

Public Works plans to reconstruct Congress Street in the Fort Point neighborhood.

With the help of the Fort Point neighborhood, we will explore ways to improve the street between Sleeper Street and Boston Wharf Road. We want to build a street that is safe, convenient, comfortable for everyone, while meeting the needs of residents and businesses. This project will include:

  • new, accessible sidewalks
  • safer crosswalks
  • street-light upgrades
  • street trees and landscaping, and
  • much more!

About the project

Congress Street is an important connection between South Station and the Fort Point neighborhood and the South Boston Waterfront. Initial planning for this project began with the Crossroads Initiative, which emerged with the completion of the "Big Dig".

"Crossroads" are streets connecting neighborhoods previously divided by the elevated highway:

  • Causeway Street
  • Broad Street
  • Summer Street, and
  • Congress Street.

Congress Street is the final of these four streets to be redesigned.

As we redesign Congress Street together, we will plan alongside other projects in the area:

  • the redesign and reconstruction of Boston Wharf Road and part of West Service Road
  • the redesign and reconstruction of Congress Street between Boston Wharf Road and Pier 4 Boulevard
  • the completion of Martin's Park and the reconstruction of Sleeper Street, between Congress Street and Seaport Boulevard, and
  • the South Boston Seaport Strategic Transit Plan.

Preferred design

In a public meeting on May 26, 2022, we shared shared our preferred design for Congress Street. Send us your feedback through June 17, 2022.

We plan to build wider sidewalks, raised crosswalks over the side streets at un-signalized intersections, separated bike lanes, spaces for curbside access and short-term parking, and more! The graphics shared here are not final. Your feedback will inform the final design for Congress Street.

You can review our presentation and watch a recording of the meeting. Comments can be shared via email; via our online feedback form; or by calling 617‐635‐4968.

Project Map

Previous Meetings

Previous Meetings

On May 26, 2022, we hosted a public meeting. We talked about the City's approach to street design, including how we design signalized intersections, accessible sidewalks, bike facilities, and more.

We shared our preferred design for Congress Street. We plan to provide more room for people walking, create safe opportunities to cross the street, allow for some on-street curb access, build separated bike lanes, and plant new street trees. 

The graphics represent an informed design, but are not final. We are gathering feedback through June 17, 2022.

On February 28, 2022, we hosted a public meeting. We talked about the history of this project and shared how other ongoing projects and plans impact our design options.

We shared three ideas for how we could redesign Congress Street. In every option, we can provide more room for people walking, create safe opportunities to cross the street, and plant new street trees. In some, we show what is possible if we retain more parking or if we add separated bike lanes.

These concepts are not the final design, but meant to start a conversation. We are gathering feedback through March 21, 2022.

A cross-section view and plan view of Congress Street designed with wider sidewalks and on-street parking.

OPTION A INCLUDES:
  • Raised crosswalks over the side streets
  • Wider sidewalks with room for street trees and some outdoor dining
  • On-street parking and deliveries

A cross-section view and plan view of Congress Street designed with much wider sidewalks.

OPTION B INCLUDES:
  • Raised crosswalks over the side streets
  • Maximized sidewalk widths with lots of space for street trees, outdoor dining, and other street furniture

A cross-section view and plan view of Congress Street designed with wider sidewalks and separated bike lanes

OPTION C INCLUDES:
  • Raised crosswalks over the side streets
  • Wider sidewalks with room for street trees and some outdoor dining
  • Separated bike lanes

After our meeting, we visited Congress Street multiple times to meet with business owners and staff. We asked about their use the street for deliveries and curbside pick-up. We also accepted feedback via email or online form. We sought their input through April, 2022.

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