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Melnea Cass Boulevard Design Project

Last updated: 7/18/16

Melnea Cass Boulevard Design Project

The Boston Transportation Department is working with the Roxbury community to redesign Melnea Cass Boulevard with the goal of making it a neighborhood friendly corridor. 

The scope includes the development of a Complete Streets roadway and streetscape design that creates a pedestrian friendly environment, ensures efficient traffic flow, accommodates transit vehicles and bicycles and promotes economic development.

Building on the conclusions of the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan, the design will progress in collaboration with the Roxbury and other surrounding communities and with all relevant city and state agencies, neighborhood groups and corridor abutters.  Coordination with the designs for the South Bay Harbor Trail and neighboring development parcels will be crucial to the advancement of the project.

The initial City of Boston investment of $2.2 million for design is being supported by federal earmark and state matching funds for construction totaling approximately $25 million. The schedule for completion of 25% design plans is estimated to be Spring 2017.

Still have questions? Contact:
1 City Hall Square
Room 721
Boston, MA 02201-2026
United States

Supporting documents

Melnea Cass Property Map

Graphic illustration of the abutting development parcels and ownership along the Melnea Cass Boulevard corridor.

Historic Summary

Summary of past projects in the Melnea Cass Boulevard Corridor outlining context for the current design initiative.

The Roxbury Strategic Master Plan

The cornerstone for Roxbury development planning and Melnea Cass corridor design, completed in January of 2004.

The Urban Ring Project

The state’s circumferential transit initiative which includes Melnea Cass Boulevard as a key component is a significant foundation for the current design effort.

The South Bay Harbor Trail

An off street cycling and walking trail renovation project taking place along the northern pedestrian edge of Melnea Cass Boulevard. The project is central to design considerations for MCB.