Description: The Boston Public Works Department received state funding to beautify Mattapan Square. Proposed work includes:
- Adding landscaping planters to the median between River Street and Babson Street
- Adding landscaping planters around the Rise/Gateway to Boston sculptures
- Repairing the granite curbing around existing tree pits
- Pedestrian ramp repairs
Project Status: Completed
Estimated Project Cost: $500,000 – Funding secured by Representative Daniel Cullinane, Representative Russell Holmes, and Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, with support from Councilor Timothy McCarthy.
Project Design Team:
- William Egan, BPWD
- Nitsch Engineering, Design Consultant
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.
Description: Located in a residential area, the existing segment of Seaver Street from Walnut Street to Blue Hill Avenue (approximately 4,200 linear feet) has been redesigned to improve operations and safety along the corridor. The successful design was the result of a dynamic public process with local associations and the community. Design improvements include roadway reconfiguration to accommodate all modes of travel (including the addition of bike lanes and sidewalks), pedestrian accessibility upgrades, new street lighting, new signs and pavement markings, and traffic control signal upgrades that link all signals in the corridor to the BTD control center. The design continues to accommodate two-way traffic and preserves existing parking, while improving safety and multimodal use of the street.
Neighborhood: North End
Description: The Boston Public Works Department identified an opportunity to transform a small underutilized open space in the North End into a “pocket park”. Based on community input, it was decided that the area would be best used as a bicycle storage and repair area. Several decorative bike racks, a bike pump, and several small trees were included in the final design. A decorative asphalt surface was selected to emulate brick.
Description: The bend in Broad Street traces the boundaries of colonial Boston’s Town Cove connecting State Street and the historic corridor connecting Long Wharf, the Customs House and the Old State House. This important Crossroads widened tree-lined sidewalks will better connect well-traveled State Street, Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Government Center to the new Rose Kennedy Greenway at the harbor’s edge. Read more…
Neighborhood: East Boston
Description: The Saratoga Street Bridge has been replaced with a new five-span structure that increased both the height and width of the navigation channel and enhances this gateway between East Boston and the Town of Winthrop. The new bridge serves as one of only two egress roadways from the Town of Winthrop. It also incorporated new ornamental street lighting.
Description: The Alford Street Bridge is a bascule bridge that carries traffic from Sullivan Square over the Mystic River into Everett. The project consisted of rehabilitation of the structural, mechanical & electrical systems for the moveable span, replacement of the power and communication cables, new bridge signal equipment, pavement markings and signage, approach span structural repairs, approach roadway reconstruction and all incidental work.
Neighborhood: East Boston
Description: This project replaced a structurally-deficient drawbridge with a new lift bridge. The new structure improves the efficiency and operation of the bridge for vehicle and maritime traffic. The project includes a truss-type structure that spans 450 feet and provides 175 feet of vertical clearance when raised. The new bridge and approach roadway provides two lanes of traffic in each direction and two pedestrian sidewalks.
Neighborhood: East Boston
Description: PWD Bridges and Buildings Division was tasked with designing a salt shed for the District 9 yard in East Boston to protect the salt pile from the elements. PWD constructed a 70’x75’ salt shed at District 9 yard located on East Eagle St. The pre-engineered structure consisted of aluminum parts to prevent erosion and the structure was placed on top of a precast concrete blocks foundation. Read more…
Description: PWD Bridges and Buildings Division was tasked with designing a salt shed for the District 4 yard in Brighton to protect the salt pile from the elements. PWD constructed a 70’x75’ salt shed at District 4 yard located on 315 Western Avenue. The pre-engineered structure consisted of aluminum parts to prevent erosion and the structure was placed on top of a precast concrete blocks foundation. Read more…