Today, Tuesday July 29th, neighborhood advocates held a rally at the MassPike on ramp on the south side of Cambridge Street in Allston. Organizers hoped to draw attention to hazardous conditions for bikes and pedestrians along the corridor. In recent years Cambridge Street has been the site of multiple cyclist and pedestrian fatalities, including one two weeks ago as a pedestrian attempted to cross the entrance to the Turnpike. Poor maintenance, high vehicle speeds and an antiquated street design make Cambridge Street very challenging to navigate on a bike or as a pedestrian. Advocates are calling for immediate safety improvements to the corridor, including fixing broken street lights, measures to reduce vehicle speeds, better access to MBTA stops and improved bike and pedestrian crossings.
There are two long term plans to rebuild portions of Cambridge Street: The Cambridge Street Bridge Deck Replacement Project would rebuild the corridor from Harvard Ave through Lincoln Street although this project is currently on hold subject further progression of the Turnpike design improvements. The Allston I-90 Massachusetts Turnpike Interchange Improvement Project would rebuild the corridor from Lincoln Street to Soldiers Field Road, including the ramps connecting to and coming from the Turnpike. This project is in the nascent stages of design and will not be completed until 2020 at the earliest. Advocates are concerned that the entire corridor is not being rebuilt, leaving the section from Union Square to Harvard Ave untouched and the intersection with Soldiers Field Road and the River Street Bridge on DCR property in their current dangerous condition.
Office of State Senator William N. Brownsberger