The Boston Transportation Department is working with the Roxbury community to redesign Melnea Cass Boulevard with the goal of making it a neighborhood friendly corridor. The scope includes the development of roadway and streetscape designs that create a pedestrian friendly environment, ensure efficient traffic flow, accommodate transit vehicles and bicycles and promote economic development.
Building on the conclusions of the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan and the Urban Ring Phase 2 DEIR, the design will progress in collaboration with the Roxbury and other surrounding communities and with all relevant city and state agencies, neighborhood groups and corridor abutters. Coordination with the designs for the South Bay Harbor Trail and development of BRA parcels 8, 9, and 10 will be crucial to the advancement of the project.
The initial City of Boston investment of $600,000 for design is being supported by available federal earmark and state matching funds for construction in the range of approximately 9 million dollars. The schedule for completion of 25% design plans is estimated to be Spring 2015.