Paul Nelson, Manager of Corridor Planning at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation sent this notice:
I am writing to inform you that the next meeting for the I-90 Back Bay Ramps Transportation Study is being held Wednesday, January 15, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in Johnsons Conference Rooms 2/3 at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. The primary purpose of this meeting will be to review additional analysis of the existing usage of the Bowker Overpass and the potential impacts if the existing Bowker Overpass were closed to traffic (similar to the Bowker Overpass Alternative 1 under consideration in the study). Both of these issues were major topics of discussion at the December 4th public meeting.
This meeting continues an important conversation about whether it is feasible and responsible from a traffic standpoint to eliminate the Bowker overpass without replacing it with other ramps. Removing the Bowker would expose the Muddy River and enhance Emerald Necklace connectivity. On the other hand, it may not be practical, given that the Bowker carries over 50,000 cars a day. That’s the question for consideration in the meeting.
The meeting is part of a much longer-run conversation about how to accommodate the traffic to Longwood and Backbay, perhaps by adding new turnpike ramps. Any new ramps take many years to design, permit and construct.