Grounding McGrath Public Meeting May 15

Sen. Jehlen and I at the McCarthy Overpass in May 2011.

Sen. Jehlen and I at the McCarthy Overpass in May 2011.

The Department of Transportation will present its draft recommendations for the Route 28 Corridor on May 15, from 6-8pm at the Argenziano School (290 Washington St., Somerville). Better known as “Grounding McGrath,” the project seeks to modernize both McGrath Highway and its surrounding traffic patterns.

Right now, McGrath Highway travels over Washington St. in Somerville via the McCarthy Overpass, which is in a poor state of repair. Beyond the usability and public safety concerns related to the McCarthy Overpass, McGrath Highway also represents an older way of thinking about how we get around. Route 28 is a big, urban highway (technically classified as an “other freeway”), and the City of Somerville has asked that the grounding of McGrath include┬áits transformation to a more bike-and-pedestrian-friendly boulevard.

The neighbors surrounding McGrath have been actively involved in this process, and I encourage everyone who lives near or commutes via McGrath Highway to attend the meeting on Wednesday, May 15. You can read more about the process up to this point here.

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