Western Avenue reconstruction began in Summer 2012, and is expected to be completed by Fall 2014. The underground stormwater and sewer system, roadway, and sidewalks will all be replaced from Franklin Street to Memorial Drive.
The new design features:
- Two vehicle travel lanes from Pleasant St. to Blackstone Street
- One vehicle travel lane from Mass. Ave. to Pleasant Street
- Parking will remain on both sides of the street
- Pedestrian safety will be improved by adding new crosswalks and curb extensions, constructing raised crosswalks at unsignalized side streets.
- The intersection at Pleasant St., Franklin St., and Western Ave. are all being rebuilt to significantly improve pedestrian safety.
- A separated bicycle lane (raised "cycle track") will be added
- Installation of new street trees, planting beds, trash/recycling containers, bus shelters, and energy efficient streetlights
- Cronin Park will be enlarged, landscaped, and enhanced with a rain garden and a commemorative installation “Celebrate the Coast”
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Celebrate the Coast Initiative
The City has allocated funds to incorporate the rich history and stories of the Riverside Neighborhood, aka “The Coast,” into a permanent commemorative installation to be located in the small park at the corner of Western/Pleasant/Franklin, and small bronze inlays along the Avenue, celebrating historical places, and events.
A Community meeting was held on Thursday October 17, 2013 at the Cambridge Community Center where ideas and input about the rich history of “The Coast’, were discussed by residents. On Tuesday December 10, 2013 neighborhood residents had the opportunity to meet the artist and view preliminary concepts based on information received from the community meeting.
The artist has continued to work with the ideas and concepts presented at the community meetings; the final design will include 13 bronze inlays located along Western Avenue with historic images of The Coast Neighborhood, these inlays will be placed from Cronin Park to Memorial Drive. A reconfigured Cronin Park located at the intersection of Pleasant Street, Franklin Street and Western Avenue will include a perforated stainless steel sculpture with light emanating from within, built on a granite base with a bronze relief located at the base of the structure which will include historic images of The Coast Neighborhood.
For more information call or email Elaine Thorne, firstname.lastname@example.org, 617/349-4648.
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