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Cummins Highway

Our goal is to improve safety and access for every resident of Mattapan.

Public Works is planning to reconstruct Cummins Highway, from River Street to the intersection of Harvard Street and Wood Avenue.

With the help of the community, we will explore ways to improve the streetscape. We want to create a design that is safe, convenient, and comfortable for everyone.

proposed improvements include:
  • New, accessible sidewalks
  • Safer crosswalks
  • Installation of new street lights
  • New street trees
  • Fixed roadbed
  • Addition of better bike lanes

Have questions? Contact:

Public Works - Engineering Division

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Beginning in March, we are offering 15-minute appointments every other Wednesday, from 3 - 7 p.m.

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What's happening on Cummins?

Right now, a temporary redesign is in place.

The temporary redesign was installed to slow speeding drivers and to improve safety. It also creates additional space for physical activity and better connections to open space and parks. You can learn more about the temporary redesign below.

This is not the final design for Cummins Highway between River Street and Wood Avenue/Harvard Street. You will have multiple opportunities over the coming months to shape the final design.   

Take our trial survey

You can submit any comments or questions you have regarding the temporary design trial on Cummins Highway through our online survey. The survey is available in English, Haitian Creole, and Spanish.

Want to submit comments by mail?

If you would like to submit comments via mail, we created an electronic copies that you can download in English, Haitian Creole, or Spanish.

Project updates

Project updates

In October 2020, the trial was extended to American Legion. In response to the feedback we received from the community, the orange barriers were replaced with flex-posts and pavement markings. These changes improved visibility for everyone. We will continue to monitor traffic, gather data, and collect feedback to evaluate this new phase. 


 

You can watch a virtual presentation of the Cummins Design Trial (Phase 2). You will be able to hear from Jeffrey Alexis as he provides a project summary. You'll also hear about the results of the first trial and the changes as we move into Phase 2.

Thank you to all who came to talk to us at the Mattapan Farmer's Market about the continuation of the Cummins Design Trial and the updates for phase 2.

We provided a handout that you can download about the project.

The first phase of the Cummins Design Trial was created to simulate the preferred design. Our goal was to improve safety along the corridor in response to COVID-19. The temporary trial extended from Fairway Street to the intersection of Wood Ave/Harvard Street. We used orange barriers to introduce protected bike lanes. We continued to maintain on-street parking and provide turn lanes at intersections. 

We monitored the traffic, gathered data, and collected feedback during the trial to evaluate the results. For more information, you can view the presentations below: 


The first phase of the temporary design trial was part of Healthy Streets Boston. Click the image to watch a short-explainer about the trial and how it happened.


Click the image to view a project update recorded on July 2020 about the first phase of the design trial.

On Thursday, February 27, 2020, we held the third public meeting at Mattahunt Community Center. We continued the discussion of potential improvements for Cummins Highway. 

You can review and download the materials shared during the meeting.

On Tuesday, October 29, 2019, we held the second public meeting at Mattahunt Community Center. We continued the discussion of potential improvements for Cummins Highway. 

You can review and download the materials shared during the meeting.

On Thursday, April 11, 2019, we held the first public meeting at Mattahunt Community Center. We discussed potential improvements for Cummins Highway. 

You can review and download the materials shared during the meeting.

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