Mayor James J. Fiorentini > Press Release
August 24, 2009
Mayor Holds Meeting with Bradford Square Merchants;
BRADFORD SQUARE- Mayor James J. Fiorentini met with about a dozen Bradford Square merchants Thursday at Latitude Sports Club in Bradford Square to provide an update on the proposed South Main Street/ Route 125 reconstruction project. This is part of the Mayor’s efforts to conduct further public outreach on this important project.
The Massachusetts Highway Department (MassHighway) is proposing a $14.5 million, 3-year project to reconstruct the roadway from the Basiliere Bridge to Boston Road in Ward Hill. This project would also improve the drainage of the roadway and extend sidewalks on both sides of Main Street all the way from the Basiliere Bridge to Ward Hill. The project features new traffic lights and pedestrian safety control features too.
Despite being funded by the State and Federal governments in 1999, this project has been plagued by design delays over the past decade. Last year, the Mayor demanded a resolution to the issues delaying the project and he gave an ultimatum to the contractor to finish the design. The project is past 75% design stage and appears to be ready to begin in 2010.
Nine years after the last public hearing, the Mayor decided to go back and solicit feedback from the many merchants in the Bradford Square area who would benefit from this project. There were several constructive comments concerning preservation of parking on the southbound side of the street, as well as intersection improvements by Ferry Road and South Central Street.
While the entire project is expected to take three years in total, the project will take place in phases moving southward, so the Bradford Square elements will likely not take more than 18 months. A public hearing on the 100% design submission by consultants VHB will likely occur in the mid to late fall. There is no City money involved with the design and construction of this project.
Mayor Fiorentini meeting with merchants concerning improvements in Bradford Square.
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