Somerville Metropolis Putting in Protected Bike Lanes On Wellington Bridge As Half Of Coronavirus Mobility Response
September 16, 2020
The Metropolis of Somerville will set up protected bike lanes on Route 28 throughout the Wellington Bridge because of a MassDOT Shared Streets and Spaces Program grant award. This new statewide funding program helps public well being by facilitating quick-build initiatives that present new or repurposed house for socially-distanced strolling, bicycling, eating, retail, and bus journey through the coronavirus pandemic.
The Wellington Bridge has lengthy represented a niche within the regional community of strolling and biking routes alongside the Mystic River. A slim 4-foot sidewalk prevents social distancing for individuals strolling, jogging, rolling, and biking throughout the bridge. Native and regional coverage plans establish this crossing as a precedence for upgrades to raised join the riverside parklands, employment facilities, and transit hubs of Somerville, Medford, Everett, and Boston. Though the Metropolis of Somerville will carry out the work, the undertaking was deliberate in partnership with the Metropolis of Medford and with the Massachusetts Division of Transportation. Set up is predicted to happen in late fall 2020.
The grant-funded undertaking will reconfigure pavement markings on the bridge, lowering the width of the motorized vehicle lanes and utilizing the reclaimed house to ascertain a physically-separated bike lane in every route that connects to present pathways in Meeting Sq., Station Touchdown, MacDonald Park, and Blessing of the Bay Park. The separated bike lanes will scale back crowding on the sidewalks, bettering consolation and security for individuals on foot or on wheels. Narrower lane widths for motor automobiles are meant to cut back dashing, bettering security for all street customers.
All through the COVID-19 pandemic, Somerville has ready and applied methods for protected and equitable mobility. A citywide Shared Streets network was established to raised join residents to important companies and locations. A significant outdoor dining initiative reworked streets into restaurant seating areas to assist the financial restoration. And to cut back crowding on MBTA buses, the Metropolis will construct new on-street transit lanes, together with a dedicated bus lane and protected bike lane alongside Washington Road in East Somerville.
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