Comm Ave improvements

Walk on, walk on, Comm. Ave. - The Boston Globe
To follow up Charlie's comment on a previous post, here is a link to a Globe story from January 1 about improvements to Comm Ave. It sounds like a great project. As it says below, there is no timetable for the project to be extended through Allston and Brighton. Because it is a state project, Reps Honan and Moran are probably the ones to talk to for more information.

Excerpts from the Globe story:
The Massachusetts Highway Department hopes to award a $12.7 million contract shortly to rebuild the road, as well as the sidewalks and median, between Kenmore Square and the Boston University Bridge.
"It's an effort to make Commonwealth Avenue much more pedestrian-friendly," said MassHighway spokesman Jon Carlisle. The three westbound travel lanes would be compressed to two most of the way from Kenmore Square to the BU Bridge. With the new space, the median where the Green Line trolleys run would be widened and landscaped, and sidewalks would be rebuilt. Trees and benches would be added.
The plans also call for the crosswalks to be raised and made more visible. To enhance traffic flow, the traffic signals would be synchronized. Boston University would give up a slice of a parking lot near the BU Bridge to allow construction of a new right turn lane onto the bridge from westbound Commonwealth Avenue.
The work is expected to take 2 1/2 years. MassHighway expects to award the contract soon in hopes of having the project start in the spring. The state plans eventually to rebuild Commonwealth Avenue all the way to Boston College, although there is no timetable for that work.

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