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Melnea Cass Boulevard Design Project

The Transportation Department is working with the Roxbury community to redesign Melnea Cass Boulevard. Our goal is to make it a neighborhood-friendly corridor. 

We are rebuilding Melnea Cass Blvd from Columbus Ave to Massachusetts Ave. We are designing the street to follow "Complete Streets" principles: safe, comfortable design for people of all ages and abilities to walk, bike, take a bus, or drive. The project will support economic development along the corridor.

The current design proposes:

  • creating a pedestrian-friendly environment with new sidewalks that are generally 8' wide
  • bike lanes that are separated from vehicles and sidewalks
  • efficient traffic flow with all-new signal equipment and updated timing
  • better bus stops with space to comfortably wait
Still have questions? Contact:
1 City Hall Square
Room 721
Boston, MA 02201-2026

About the project

We're building on the conclusions of the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan.

We work on the design in consultation with all relevant City and state agencies, neighborhood groups, and corridor abutters.  As part of this project, we plan to coordinate with the designs for the South Bay Harbor Trail and neighboring development parcels.

By the numbers

The initial City of Boston investment of over $3 million for design is being supported by federal earmark and state matching funds for construction, totaling about $25 million.

Right NOW

On Tuesday September 15, a virtual community listening session was held led by the Mayor’s Office of Equity and Inclusion. To address concerns regarding the tree canopy, the City has temporarily paused construction until further community conversations and analysis of the impacts can be determined. Please find the September 15 presentation and comments at the meeting below.


We are pleased to announce that the project was formally advertised for construction by MassDOT on August 31, 2019. Once a contractor is selected, we expect construction to begin in spring 2020 and last about three years.

Reports and meetings

Reports and meetings