Just a friendly reminder that MassDOT will present its draft recommendations on the “Grounding McGrath” project tomorrow night from 6-8pm at the Argenziano School. You can read more about the project and the meeting here.
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 its 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.
The process of grounding McGrath Highway takes another important step on Thursday, April 4, when representatives of the Department of Public Health will present the findings of their Health Impact Assessment. The meeting will run from 4pm-6pm at the Holiday Inn in Somerville (30 Washington St.) and I encourage you to attend. You can read more about MassDOT’s efforts to ground McGrath here.