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Thursday, May 17, 2012

ResiStat Recap: Green Line & Community Path

It certainly would not be a Somerville ResiStat meeting without discussion on the Green Line Extension! Mayor Curtatone was excited about the $8.1 million approved to bring the rail to route 16 and encouraged all attendees to continue their advocacy for the full Green Line through Somerville. According to the city’s presentation, construction is set to begin on Lowell Street in 2015. Funny, this was the initial completion date of the entire project once set by MassDOT.

Of course, that full completion date has been pushed back three to four years, with bridge-widening construction beginning this fall to prep bridges for the Green Line cars. The project, as a whole, is hopefully going to be done and passenger-ready by 2018-2020.

Community Path lovers got some great news in finding out that MassDOT is wrapping up the design phase and is putting the project out to bid in August. Work on that should start soon after with a full completion in summer 2013. Previous meetings have the path featuring a rubberized edge for runners with a paved middle. Railroad-oriented accents and play structures round out the multi-use section that begins on Cedar Street, running alongside MaxWell's Green to Lowell Street. Have ideas? Be sure to include them in the Community Path map that allows users to leave comments!

Right now, MaxWell’s Green is still using the section for vehicles in their effort to complete the 184-unit development sooner than anticipated. 

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