BTD is working with the consultant team HDR, Nitsch Engineering, and Crosby Schlessinger Smallridge to develop final designs for the following projects identified in the 2009 Fenway-Longwood-Kenmore Transportation and Pedestrian Action Plan:
These projects are in various stages of design, as described below.
The Audubon Circle Reconstruction project is one of the priority projects identified in the Fenway-Longwood-Kenmore Transportation and Pedestrian Safety Action Plan. This project is currently in design and will be constructed by MassDOT. The project includes sidewalk improvements, new bike lanes, curb extensions, narrower travel lanes, street trees, and other landscape improvements along Beacon Street intended to improve the safety and comfort of this important and historic gateway into the City.
A meeting was held with the Board of the Audubon Circle Neighborhood Association to address concerns about the loss of the median and the safety of pedestrian crossings. A six-foot wide pedestrian refuge island (similar to what exists today) has been added to the design at Miner Street. The refuge island in combination with the addition of bike lanes, narrower travel lanes, new street trees, and new curb extensions are intended to slow traffic and improve the comfort and safety of this pedestrian crossing.
The meeting also included a brief presentation by Boston Water and Sewer Commission on work they will be doing in 2012 to upgrade the water, sewer and drainage systems in advance of the street reconstruction project.