I-90/Allston Interchange Project and “Unchoke The Throat”

I-90/Allston Interchange Project and “Unchoke The Throat”

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.


Ongoing Efforts

Next Task Force Meetings:


October 16, 2018 – Boston Globe – “Latest idea for Mass. Pike project: elevate the bike path along the Charles”


September 26, 2018 – Task Force Meeting


September 12, 2018 5:30pm – Charles River “Throat” Site Walk (RSVP!)

Thanks to everyone who came for the Charles River “Throat” Site Walk and to hear WalkBoston, the Charles River Esplanade Association, The Charles River Conservancy, Charles River Watershed Association talk about the importance of this section of the pathway and riverbank on September 12, 2018.

Thank you post & photos from the walk are available on Facebook


August 15, 2018 – Letter to Review Team on Restoration of the River Edge from WalkBoston, Charles River Conservancy, Charles River Watershed Association


June 29, 2018 – Letter Thanking MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack


June 29, 2018 – Boston Globe – “Getting the Getting the Allston multimodal plan right”


June 27, 2018 – Allston I-90 Throat Area History and Mitigation Recommendations

Handout on the history of the Charles River Throat area and recommendations for mitigation. This was distributed to members in advance of the Allston I-90 Task Force meeting on June 27, 2018.


June 25, 2018 – Letter with Proposed Task Force Agenda


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

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

Video of the event is thanks to the WGBH Forum Network


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!