That's according to a draft of the final version of a report called, "Grounding McGrath: Determining the Future of the Route 28 Corridor Study."
The report is the result of more than two years of study by MassDOT and the Grounding McGrath working group, composed of elected officials, local advocates, designers and various state and local officials.
The report, which you can find here, studied various alternatives for the future of McGrath Highway, including leaving it as is, building a roadway with rotaries and U-turn traffic features, building a main thoroughfare with access roads for local traffic, and building a boulevard.
The report says replacing the McGrath Highway, a rusty elevated roadway, with a boulevard would have a number of benefits, including the following:
- It would contribute to a Complete Streets design that would benefit pedestrians, bikes and cars
- It would improve traffic at some intersections
- It would improve the urban environment for the neighboring communities
- It would enhance pedestrian access
The recommended boulevard would have three lanes in each direction and traffic lights and major intersections. It would have parkland bordering the boulevard and a planted median.
Implementing this plan would take time—years—and would require Somerville and the state to secure funding through the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization's Regional Transportation Plan.
The public has 30 days—until Jan. 7, 2014—to comment on the draft version of the final report.
To comment, write to email@example.com or send a letter to:
Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Office of Transportation Planning
Re: Grounding McGrath Study Comments
10 Park Plaza, Suite 4150
Boston, MA 02116