Boston paving the way for smoother travel – by foot, and by car
Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced the city paved nearly 40 miles of roadway during the 2012 construction season. Aided by good weather and expanded investment in road quality, the Public Works Department reached its highest repaving total in more than a decade, exceeding last year’s total by more than 50 percent.
“Better roads make for better neighborhoods,” Menino said. “I commend the men and women of our Public Works Department for their hard work and efforts to give Boston residents the smooth roads and safe sidewalks they deserve.”
In addition to greatly expanding its repaving program, the Public Works Department made historic progress in repairing sidewalks and pedestrian ramps throughout the city. Nearly 700,000 square feet of sidewalk were replaced citywide and more than 1,300 pedestrian ramps were reconstructed, a 42 percent increase from the previous year.
“We wanted to improve conditions for drivers and pedestrians alike,” Joanne Massaro, Commissioner of Public Works, said. “I’m proud of what we’ve been able to do to improve walking conditions and access for those with disabilities, as well as address hundreds of constituent requests for basic sidewalk repairs this year.”
The Public Works Department performs basic sidewalk repairs out of ten district offices citywide, in addition to its main facility in South Boston. In 2012 alone, city forces replaced more than 20,000 bricks.