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Cummins Highway

Our goal is to improve safety and access for all modes of transportation.

Public Works is planning to reconstruct Cummins Highway. The work will take place from River Street to Harvard Street. 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:
  • pedestrian safety improvements
  • traffic calming measures
  • accessible sidewalks
  • streetlight improvements
  • tree plantings, and
  • enhanced bike access.

Have questions? Contact:

Public Works - Engineering Division
Project details
  • Project status: In design
  • Estimated project start: 2020
  • Estimated completion: 2021
  • Project manager: Jeffrey Alexis

Healthy Streets Cummins Highway trial

To improve safety on Cummins Highway, Public Works has developed a preferred design concept that was shared at our last public meeting on February 27, 2020.

We're balancing comments and concerns that the community has raised with current City policies, data collection, analysis, and current engineering best practices. The preferred design concept proposes to:

  1. reduce the number of travel lanes from four lanes to two lanes to apply traffic calming measures
  2. widen the sidewalks
  3. create of bicycle facilities
  4. enhance bus stops, and
  5. improve lighting and green space. 

Before developing the preferred concept any further, Public Works, along with Healthy Streets Boston, is putting in place a temporary traffic trial along Cummins Highway. The trial will simulate the preferred design as well as improve safety in response to COVID-19.

The temporary trial extends from Fairway Street to the Harvard Street intersection and will:

  • maintain on-street parking
  • provide for turn lanes at intersections, and
  • introduce protected bike lanes.

We will be monitoring the traffic, gathering data, and collecting feedback during the trial to evaluate the results of this change. For more information, please take a look at the images below, or view our presentation.

Cummins Highway Trial Configuration
Cummins Highway Trial Map

Take Our Trial Survey

Please follow the links below to submit any comments or questions you have regarding the temporary traffic trial on Cummins Highway.  The survey is available in English, Haitian Creole, and Spanish languages.  If you would like to submit comments via mail, we created electronic copies that you can download under Project Information.  We greatly appreciate your input and participation in this process.

Take the Survey (English)

Take the Survey (Creole)

Take the Survey (Spanish)

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