Mass. Ave. Better Bike Project
We began planning this corridor with you in September 2019. The final design reflects comments and feedback from nearby residents, business owners, and people who use this corridor.
Construction began in summer, 2022. Our contractor began by adding and improving curb ramps so that they will be fully accessible to people using assistive devices like wheelchairs or walkers. After pausing for the winter construction moratorium, they recommenced work this spring on bus boarding islands, ramps, and other sidewalk elements.
They are now finishing the remaining work in the following order:
- Complete the remaining bus islands, ramps, and other sidewalk elements (June)
- Mill and pave roadway segments (early July)
- Permanently stripe pavement markings, implement changes to traffic signals and signs (mid-July)
- Install flex-posts and pre-cast concrete barriers (late July)
We expect construction to wrap up in mid-August.
Our final design includes:
- A two-way separated bike lane on the west side of Massachusetts Avenue
- New crosswalks and reconstructed curb ramps to improve accessibility for people with disabilities
- Changes to intersections to improve safety and keep vehicle traffic moving
- Improved bus stops along the corridor, including a new pair of bus stops near the Stop and Shop driveway
- Modified loading and parking regulations in response to local business needs
We made changes to the design plans based on feedback from people who work, live, and use the corridor. We have a document that explains and summarizes these changes:
We have illustrated the final design plans for Massachusetts Avenue between Melnea Cass Boulevard and Columbia Road. Our illustration includes information about the bike lanes, bus stops, new and reconstructed curb ramps, parking and loading areas, and travel lanes.
WHY THIS PROJECT?
The section of Mass. Ave. between Melnea Cass and Columbia Road is a critical missing link for bike travel.
Despite less-than-ideal bike conditions, a lot of people bike on Mass. Ave. today! Between 350 and 400 people ride in the street each weekday, and that doesn’t include the many people riding on the sidewalks. It’s scary for biking and walking and — all too often — it's dangerous too. Mass. Ave. is one of the worst streets in the City for crashes involving people walking and biking.
For these reasons, you identified Mass. Ave. as a priority Better Bike Corridor through the Go Boston 2030 process.
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The project includes the section of Massachusetts Avenue between — but not including — its intersections with Melnea Cass Boulevard and Columbia Road.