River Street Reconstruction

The River Street Reconstruction project will upgrade the sanitary sewer, stormwater and water subsurface infrastructure while developing a new surface design for River Street, the bus terminal area at River and Magazine Streets near Central Square, and Carl Barron Plaza. The project aims to create a streetscape design that meets the needs of all the various users and in a way that engages the local community, contributes to overall enhancement of the neighborhood, and meets the City’s goals related to infrastructure, transportation, and urban design.

The concurrent design of Carl Barron Plaza, the significant open space at the heart of Central Square will include consideration of public art, fixed and/or unfixed furniture, access, plantings, and landscaping. The design must also consider the complexity of transportation needs related to the bus bays adjacent to the Plaza and people moving through the plaza.

The community outreach and design processes will occur throughout 2019 and into early 2020. Construction is anticipated to begin in Spring 2020.

While this project is still in development, all project updates can be found on the Community Development Department's Project Page

The design process for the River Street project will begin in November 2018 with data collection (topographic survey; transportation and parking counts; etc.)

A detailed project schedule will be developed later in 2018. In general, the Community Outreach and Design Processes will occur throughout 2019 and into early 2020.

Construction is anticipated to begin in Spring 2020.

Tegin Teich, Transportation Planner


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