July 11, 2018: New Traffic Lanes on Longwood - Work begins 7/15

Safety Improvements Coming to Longwood Avenue - work starts this weekend 7/15 and will continue at night until completion.

New street markings will be installed for cyclists, pedestrians and transit riders when the City’s Public Works Department restripes and repaves Longwood Avenue from the Riverway to the intersection of Huntington Avenue this summer.

Based on extensive analysis and discussions with the patient, student and employee communities in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area, MASCO and the City of Boston Transportation Department developed the plan for new bike lanes, pedestrian safety enhancements, and a bus and bike lane along Longwood Avenue.

“The primary goal of Go Boston 2030, the City of Boston’s comprehensive transportation plan, is providing safe, reliable and equitable access in Boston for all people, whether they choose to move around by public transit, bike, private motor vehicle or on foot,” said Chris Osgood, City of Boston Chief of Streets.  “In addition to being a ‘main street’ for the Longwood Medical and Academic Area, Longwood Avenue is a critical transportation corridor for the City of Boston and we are looking forward to the implementation of these improvements.”

Boston Transportation Department Commissioner Gina N. Fiandaca added, “The Longwood Avenue project is one example of the type of infrastructure project that Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh provides for in his recommended FY19 budget. Several similar projects that are designed to advance accessibility and safety goals related to Go Boston 2030 and Vision Zero, are currently in the construction or design phase.”

The plan for improvements is the result of productive dialogue with members of the cyclist community, including Longwood Cyclists, Boston Cyclists Union and Livable Streets Alliance,  BTD , MASCO, and its member hospital and college transportation specialists.

“MASCO works to address the commuting needs of the 120,000 patients, employees, researchers, students and visitors who come daily to the LMA whether by foot, bicycle, public transit or auto. Through studies and improvements, we focus on improving safety and the use of alternatives to the single passenger vehicle.  We are excited to see this plan move forward to reality," explains Sarah Hamilton, MASCO Vice President for Area Planning and Development.

The new safety and accessibility features along Longwood Avenue include:

  • A total of one half mile of bike lanes will be installed from Longwood at the Riverway to Huntington Avenue.
  • Bike boxes at Longwood and Brookline Avenue intersections in both directions and on the Riverway in the westerly direction only. A bike box is a large box painted bright green at the forefront of an intersection where a cyclist can overtake a vehicle and assume the front spot at a red light in order to take a safe turn. 
  • Pedestrian crosswalks parallel to Brookline Avenue at Longwood Avenue will be enlarged to 10 feet to create a clearer crossing path for pedestrians.
  • A lane will be striped on Longwood Ave. at Oscar Tugo Circle “Left Turn Only” allowing for turns for large vehicles; additional striping will be added to enhance the visibility of pedestrians for motorists.
  • A shared “Bus/Bike Only Lane” will be installed at the intersection of Longwood and Brookline Avenue and stretch east towards Binney Street along that block. A left turn only lane will be added at Binney Street and Longwood Ave. heading west.
  • An eastbound lane between Blackfan Circle and Harvard School of Dental Medicine will be added for bike lanes.  

“We are committed to keeping the broader residential community, patients, visitors and employees, well apprised of this project through a comprehensive communications campaign, Change is Coming to Longwood (www.masco.org/be safe),” added Hamilton, “and we will work with the City to minimize disruption to the area.” 

 

Commuters can follow MASCO for project updates on Twitter @MASCOLMA as well as check the project’s webpage at masco.org/besafe