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By Boston Public Works

On 18, Nov 2014 | In | By Boston Public Works

Uphams Corner

Neighborhood: Dorchester

Description: Columbia Road is frequently traveled by vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. To improve the roadway experience for all users, this streetscape improvement project involved altering approximately 800 linear feet of roadway, from Columbia Road’s intersection with Stoughton/Dudley Streets to the intersection with Hancock Street, and installing enhanced traffic controls. The goals of the project included improving traffic operation and flow, addressing pedestrian safety, accommodating bus transit lines, integrating stormwater management, and linking the historic Strand Theater with municipal parking.

The project adopted the Boston Complete Streets Guidelines to address these goals. The design team identified three primary Complete Streets elements – Green, Multi-Modal, and Smart Street – and applied them in the form of landscaped areas and tree pits for stormwater management; vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian accommodations (e.g., bike lanes and racks, bus shelters, lighting systems, roadway reconfiguration, accessible ramps, wayfinding, etc.) to address multi-modal needs; and current technologies for traffic controls, system communication, and traffic monitoring. The design continues to accommodate two-way traffic while improving safety and greening the streetscape.

The success of this project stemmed from the active participation of the local businesses and community, and the active participation during the public meetings.

Project Status: Completed

Estimated Construction Cost: $2,757,000

Project Design Team:

  • Zach Wassmouth, BPWD
  • Nitsch Engineering, Design Consultant
  • Copley Wolff Design Group, Landscape Architect
  • Paul Lukez Architecture, Renderings

Project Construction Team: