Massive road work expected in Boston this summer

A look at Massachusetts Avenue.  PHOTO: pqliving.com
A look at Massachusetts Avenue.
PHOTO: pqliving.com

Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced plans for a massive overhaul of Boston’s roadways and pedestrian ramps.

This summer, crews will tackle $13.75 million worth of resurfacing, repaving 45 miles of Boston roadways and repairing 1,400 pedestrian ramps, exceeding work done in 2012, what city officials call the most productive construction season in a decade.

“Our residents deserve the best roads and sidewalks in their neighborhoods. Not only are clean and safe passages a matter of public safety, they also help support our small businesses,” Menino said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to our best year yet in getting our roadways and pedestrian ramps ready for another great summer in Boston.”

Working together with Treasury, Auditing, and the Office of Budget Management, the Public Works Department secured $13.75 million in total resurfacing funds for this year. This includes $10 million in funds freed up from the street cut account, which collects roadway restoration fees through the City’s permitting process.

This year’s efforts will build on last year’s construction season – the most productive in a decade – when 40 miles of roadway were repaved and 1,325 pedestrian ramps were rebuilt. Plans are already off to a good start. In April 2013, the Public Works Department repaved 4.8 linear miles of roadway, compared to 1.98 linear miles in April 2012.

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