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Tonight: Learn About the Reconstruction of Lower Broadway

Lower Broadway is on the verge of significant change. Discuss what's happening and the neighborhood's future at a meeting Monday night.

Lower Broadway in East Somerville is undergoing a significant, $8 million, two-year reconstruction.

The roadway is getting redesigned, most significantly by bringing the two lanes of traffic in each direction down to one lane in each direction.

The reconstruction will also widen sidewalks, add trees and benches, and improve lighting, crosswalks and traffic signal phasing.

Tonight, there's a meeting about all this change and about the area's future. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Cross Street Community Center, 165 Broadway.

Here's some more on what's happening:

jennifer D. August 13, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Glad to hear this. Lower Broadway/East Somerville is a forgotten area & It will be be good to see it come up to the same level as the other areas of Somerville. Hopefully there will be will be attempts made to make the area safer & reduce crime as well.
Michael J Wade August 13, 2012 at 01:25 PM
I think this is a great idea. I wish it would extend up Broadway into Winter Hill.
amsori August 13, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I agree...WINTER HILL NEEDS AN UPLIFT TOOOOO! It too is parallel to Assembly Square! Storefront uplifts wlll make a HUGE positive change!
Lucas Rogers August 14, 2012 at 06:14 AM
Any plans for bike lanes?
AHM August 14, 2012 at 11:36 AM
It's pretty sad, one lane will really hurt what businesses are trying to survive there now. At least with 2 lanes they can get deliveries and extra business by people illegaly double parking to run in and get some quick items. This will just end up with more empty storefronts as they won't be able to survive this financially. Then with all the extra people and businesses added to Assembly square you will just create a huge bottleneck at some point. Wide sidewalks killed off business further up Broadway which will do the same here. And I hope I am wrong.
jennifer D. August 14, 2012 at 11:43 AM
yes, I wish Winter Hill could get a little help too. it needs it!!!!
noreen headle August 14, 2012 at 02:11 PM
one lane is going to be ridiculous. Traffic going to Sullivan in the mornings is already severely congested. Making the sidewalks wider is also going to take some parking spots. There is very little non metered parking on lower broadway as it is for residents. Generally we have to park down the side streets, which is fine in the day time but I seriously do not like walking up cross street at midnight alone. Whoever plans this stuff needs to get a clue. Sticking a few trees in won't fix what is really needed in East Somerville.
AHM August 14, 2012 at 05:22 PM
The only thing that helped soem of the businesses further up near Marshall Street is that people use the old Star parking lot. If that goes there will be more empty storefronts since they lost parking due to the wide sidewalk accross the street. Lower Broadway would be a disaster with one lane. That's just so abvious. A little common sense here would go a long way.
jennifer D. August 15, 2012 at 11:25 AM
True, if you want people to visit that area, it needs to be easy to drive & park. There are more people in this world than just commuters & bike riders.
Lucas Rogers August 15, 2012 at 12:49 PM
I live in Somerville, and it's unlikely I would bother with the car if I were going to lower Broadway. What would attract me is a more attractive streetscape, including more shade, more street level retail, and fewer bleak parking lots between the shops and the sidewalk.

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