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Allston i90 Interchange Improvement Project Update
by MassDOT and Howard Stein Hudson
The Transportation Board
Room 103, Brookline Town Hall
The I-90 Allston Interchange Improvement Project is the result of the need to replace the structurally deficient, functionally obsolete Allston Viaduct and the opportunity to dramatically reduce the footprint of the existing Allston Interchange toll plaza made possible by the implementation, through a separate project, of All Electronic Tolling (AET). The southern limit of the project includes the CSX Beacon Park Rail Yard, just north of the Boston University Athletic Center. The northern limit of the work is in the vicinity of the I-90 Allston interchange ramps.
The project creates an opportunity to dramatically improve livability and connectivity for residents of the Allston neighborhood while preserving and enhancing regional mobility through improvements to I-90 and its abutting interchange and the creation of a new stop on the Worcester/Framingham Commuter Line to be known as West Station. During the spring, summer, and fall of 2014, MassDOT and its design team worked closely with a task force composed of local residents, advocates, representatives of local institutions and businesses, and officials both elected and appointed, in concert with the Allston community at-large to develop a concept for the replacement of the Allston Interchange which includes:
Taken together, these elements represent a package of improvements which seeks to make I-90 and its abutting connections a less intrusive neighbor to the Allston community while still doing its crucial work as an Interstate interchange.
More information available at the project website: http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/highway/HighlightedProjects/AllstonI90InterchangeImprovementProject.aspx