The proposed concept for the corridor has the potential to transform it from a 1950′s regional highway, auto-oriented facility to a multi-modal, neighborhood-friendly urban boulevard.
The design replaces the seven to nine travel lanes along the corridor with two-travel lanes in each direction and turn-lanes where necessary. This reduction allows for the creation of a linear park along the Charlestown side of the corridor, linking the Charles River park system to the Mystic River. At Sullivan Square, the existing pedestrian-unfriendly rotary is reconfigured into a neighbor-scaled street-grid with safe connections to the Orange Line and positioned to absorb transit-oriented development. Grade separated interchanges are eliminated to extend the traditional urban fabric along Charlestown’s western edge.
Project website: http://www.cityofboston.gov/transportation/rutherford/