Rt 2/16 Intersection Update

MassDOT has put finally this project out to bid.  The bids are due on October 28.  The project was valued at $2.59 million and described as follows:

ARLINGTON-CAMBRIDGE: Intersection Reconstruction and Related Work at Route 2 (Concord Turnpike) and Routes 3 & 16 (Alewife Brook Parkway) (605637)

See this original post for a description of the project, this  interim post for some of the hurdles involved, or view the project description online at MassDOT’s website.

Published by Will Brownsberger

Will Brownsberger is State Senator from the Second Suffolk and Middlesex District.

9 replies on “Rt 2/16 Intersection Update”

  1. Elsewhere it is described the difficulty of crossing Fresh Pond Parkway for commuters and MBTA Buses at Mount Auburn Street, Huron Avenue, and Concord Street. How will the work at the Route 2/16 intersection help?

    Perhaps one might characterize competing interests: those commuting into and out of Watertown, Cambridge, Belmont, and Arlington, and those of the cross traffic who want to commute through Cambridge to somewhere else.

    1. I agree that there are conflicting interests in different streams of traffic, but I don’t think that these projects have conflicting goals. Speeding traffic through the 2/16 will not materially change congestion at Mount Auburn Street.

  2. Why has this project not started? This is one of the most congested areas in the state and the cost of doing nothing is astronomical.

    Tom Fleming

  3. You are right. Alewife is among the top 10 most congested road segments in the state and 6 of the others among the top ten are parts of the Southeast Expressway.

    Can’t fully explain the timeline, but I can report that the last word I have from MassDOT is that the project will start in April. So, help is on the way.

  4. Is there somewhere online to see the final approved plans for this work? I see the drain covers and debris fencing is going in now, so work is imminent but I don’t see anywhere on the MassDOT website where you can actually see the plans. Concord has a site for the Crosby’s Corner works but I can’t find anything from Cambridge, Arlington or the state for the Alewife project.

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