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Intersection improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

Inman Square Intersection Improvements
Community Meeting: Tuesday, December 5th

The City is developing plans to improve the intersection of Hampshire Street and Cambridge Street in Inman Square. The next public meeting for this project will be held on Tuesday, December 5th, at the Main Library, Lower Level (L2) from 6-8pm.

As we move towards a final design for the project, this meeting will focus on design revisions incorporated through community input, traffic simulation modeling, and present three concepts our team has developed for the Vellucci Plaza. We encourage community members to attend to learn more about the design options for this important public space and to provide feedback.

We will also recap the project history to date, provide an overview of the proposed intersection design, and review changes that have been made based on input from residents, business owners, and roadway users. After the presentation, staff will facilitate an open discussion.

For more information on this project, please visit To be added to the project email list, please contact KyAnn Anderson, Community Relations Manager, at

The City is developing plans to improve the intersection of Hampshire St and Cambridge St in Inman Square.  

At the recent public meeting on Tuesday, July 25,  city and design team staff recapped project history to date, and presented a discussion of opportunities and considerations relevant to the plaza design. 

We expect the next community meeting to take place in September.

Please visit the Documents tab for all project-related materials. 

To be added to the project email list, please visit the Contact tab.

Staff hosted a community meeting on Tuesday, July 25.  We expect the next meeting to take place in September. 

We expect the design process to continue throughout the spring, summer and fall, with construction starting over the winter.

Please check back for updates and visit the Documents tab for more information on the project.

Inman Square is a vibrant commercial and residential area, with a roadway network that serves high volumes of people who walk, bike, ride transit, and drive. The geometry of Inman Square is defined by the severe skew of the intersection of Cambridge Street with Hampshire Street at this seven-leg signalized intersection. Hampshire Street, Cambridge Street, and Springfield Street all intersect in the Square, and the one-way streets, Antrim Street and Inman Street, branch off the intersection. There are nine pedestrian crosswalks in the Square while three MBTA bus routes travel through the intersection.

The unusual geometry and high number of streets in the intersection cause safety and operational challenges for all users. The size and complexity of the intersection is challenging for bicyclists and drivers, while pedestrians face long delays waiting to safely cross.

In the summer of 2015, the City hired the consulting firm Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB) to study the intersection. The goals of the study included improving safety and simplifying operation of the intersection for all users, continuing to support the local residential and business communities, and developing short and mid-term improvements for the Square. The City first shared the results of the study publicly in June and the report will be finalized shortly and made available here.

The City of Cambridge is expediting planned changes to the Inman Square Intersection to improve the safety and operation of the intersection for all users.

For more information on the Inman Square Transportation Safety Study, and interim changes that have been implemented to improve the safety of the intersection until the City's redesign project is completed, please visit the Cambridge Traffic, Parking and Transportation website.

KyAnn Anderson.
Community Relations

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