I-90/Allston Interchange Project

I-90/Allston Interchange Project

The MassPike will be straightened out near the Allston/Cambridge exit, setting the stage for future development of 100 acres for 50,000 future workers or residents – similar in scale to the Seaport District, Kendall Square or Prudential Center.

A BILLION $$$ TRANSPORTATION PROJECT MUST DO MORE THAN MOVE CARS
• Regional rail and crosstown bus connections are essential.
• People must have walking and biking access to the river and across the project area.
• Charles River paths must be safe and separated for walkers/runners/cyclists.

In the lead up to the Feb 2018 deadline, WalkBoston and the Charles River Conservancy generated over 160 comment letters from the public stressing the need to address one particular aspect of this area: the Throat.


April 30, 2018 – WBUR – “The Allston I-90 Interchange Project

Jim Aloisi and Wendy Landman joined WBUR’s Radio Boston to discuss the project, focused on West Station.

April 23, 2018 – Letter To MassDOT Re: I-90 – Reject The Viaduct Option


April 23, 2018 – Boston Globe – “To MassDOT: Tear down this wall”


April 10, 2018, 6-8PM – Read the event recap on Universalhub

Free Event! Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02210

How can the MassDOT I-90 Allston Reconstruction be an exemplar of Sustainable Mobility by including walking & biking connections to the Charles River parklands from Allston, Brookline, and Downtown? Learn on April 10th!

More info on Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2034091613582948/

Presentations by:
Joe Beggan, Harvard University
Alan Mountjoy, NBBJ
Mark Dawson, Sasaki
Michael Nichols, Esplanade Association

Panel discussion and audience Q&A moderated by ArchitectureBoston editor Renée Loth with:
Jim Aloisi, Former MassDOT Secretary
Antonio DiMambro, urban planner
Tom Doolittle, Boston Society of Landscape Architects
Emily Saul, November Project Boston co-leader
Kishore Varanasi, CBT


February 22, 2018 – Read the full email

Thanks to your letters to MEPA, we are making progress on the Allston I-90 Interchange project! Your comments were referred to in MEPA’s just-released certificate on this project:

“I received more than 500 comment letters on the DEIR, including comments from elected officials representing Allston and other parts of Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and other communities. Three significant themes are identified: importance of transportation access and choices; need for and the opportunity to restore and expand parkland; and the opportunity to connect neighborhoods, businesses and institutions through transportation and development.”

The certificate commented on our actions directly, and positively: “Comments expressing an opinion on the Throat Area alternatives heavily favored the at- grade alternative conceptualized by A Better City (ABC). In many cases, support for this alternative was coupled with a desire that the project include a plan developed by the Charles River Conservancy and WalkBoston that would provide pedestrian and bicycle facilities in the Throat Area on fill or pile-supported structures in the Charles River.

Over 150 of the 500 comments received at MEPA were from you – supporters of WalkBoston and the Charles River Conservancy – we know because you sent us copies of your comments!