Blanchard Road

Blanchard Road with bicycle lane

Blanchard Road roadway and sidewalk improvements were completed during 2010. The project included new sidewalks, roadway paving, bicycle lanes and a raised intersection at Glenn Road. Relocation of the fence along the Fresh Pond Reservation and landscaping at discreet locations was also part of the project. See the design plans below:

View Design Plans for the Project

View Specifications for the Project

Project Background

In response to concerns about traffic safety on Blanchard Road between Grove Street and Concord Avenue, the City of Cambridge conducted a safety study (see link below) to assess the problems and identify both short-term and long-term strategies for improvements. These strategies were discussed and received strong support from the community at a community meeting in December 2005.

In the FY07 budget, the City allocated $150,000 for the design of the long-term roadway and sidewalk improvements. The City hired a consulting team to do extensive surveying research and design the long-term improvements. In the FY08 budget, the City allocated $1.5 million for the construction of the long-term improvements.

On July 31, 2007, the results of the surveying research, as well as three design alternatives, were presented to the community.

A community meeting was held on September 11, 2007 to review the proposed design. A general consensus was reached among the community members on this design. A follow-up community meeting was held on November 26th to review minor revisions to the plan.

Related Documents 

Click here to see the Safety Study

Click here to see the post construction evaluation.

For More Information

For more information about the Blanchard Road project contact Bill Deignan at 617/349-4632 or or Katherine Watkins in the Public Works Department, at 617/349-4751 or The Public Works Department TTY line is 617/349-4805.