City of Somerville

Agenda Item
Work Completed
Jan 27, 2011 7:00 PM

The Director of Transportation and the Director of Traffic and Parking Provide This Board with Information Regarding Two Mass DOT Bridge Reconstruction Projects and their Potential Negative Impacts: the Craigie Street Drawbridge at Leverett Circle and the O'Brien Highway, and the Longfellow Bridge Project.


Department:Board of AldermenSponsors:Ward Two Alderman Maryann M. Heuston, Ward One Alderman William M. Roche

Official Text

The Director of Transportation and The Director of Traffic and Parking provide this Board with information regarding two Mass DOT bridge reconstruction projects and the potential negative impacts on increased vehicular traffic in Wards 1 and 2 in particular, the projects being Craigie Street drawbridge at Leverett Circle and O'Brien Highway (Mass DOT project # 604421 early action stage and # 604361) and the Longfellow Bridge project (project # 605530) including whether Mass DOT has contacted the city to discuss impacts, routing of traffic and mitigation of negative impacts to residential areas in Somerville.


Meeting History

Sep 23, 2010 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting
Oct 27, 2010 6:00 PM  Public Health and Public Safety Committee Committee Meeting

Alderman Heuston discussed the October 26th meeting with DOT officials and said that this project is going to have a major impact on Somerville for at least 6 months and possibly up to 2 years. Approximately 45,000 vehicles per day traverse the bridge slated to be reconstructed and those vehicles will now have to find an alternate route into, bringing them through Somerville. During the reconstruction period, only outbound traffic from Boston will be allowed over a temporary bridge, forcing drivers to seek alternate routes into the city. Officials from the DOT admitted that Somerville wasn't involved in planning and stated that of the 40 locations they designated to have paid police details, only 1 was in Somerville. Deputy Chief Upton reported that the DOT has since agreed to add additional details at various locations in Somerville during high traffic times. City officials are concerned with safety and traffic congestion around the city's schools and in the Union Square area. The city also requested to have the option to close the off ramp on Route 93 to prevent traffic spilling out into East Somerville. Steps are being taken to get the information out to residents since the detours will be put in place on November 5th. Chairman White requested Deputy Chief Upton to email members of the Board of Aldermen, informing them of the locations in Somerville that will have details.

Alderman Connolly's motion that the Director of Communications inform the Board of Aldermen of its media plan to inform the public of the impending DOT bridge projects, was approved.

Jan 25, 2011 6:00 PM  Public Health and Public Safety Committee Committee Meeting
Jan 27, 2011 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting