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Grounding McGrath - Determining the future of the route 28 Corridor Grounding McGrath - Determining the future of the route 28 Corridor Grounding McGrath - Determining the future of the route 28 Corridor

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who is the on the project team?
  2. Who owns McGrath Highway?
  3. Hasn’t this Study been done before?
  4. How is the City of Somerville involved?
  5. How long will the Study last?
  6. How do I get involved or stay informed of the Study?
  7. What is a Health Impact Assessment?
  8. Why is MassDOT making repairs on the elevated structure before the completion of the Study?
  9. What kinds of improvements will the study recommend?
  1. Who is the on the project team?
    Ethan Britland
    Project Manager
    Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Office of Transportation Planning

    Consultant Team
    • McMahon Associates  - Project Management, Traffic Analysis, Transit Planning
    • Nelson/Nygaard – Project Management, Bicycle/Pedestrian Planning, National Best Practices
    • HDR Engineering – Bridge Structural/Civil Engineering, Bicycle Pedestrian Planning
    • Utile – Architecture/Urban Design, Maps & Graphics
    • GLC – Economic Development Planning, Market Analysis
    • Regina Villa Associates – Public Involvement, Project Outreach

  2. Who owns McGrath Highway?
    Ownership of McGrath Highway and the Route 28 corridor was transferred to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) from the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) as part of the consolidation efforts required by the 2009 transportation reform legislation (Chapter 25 of the Acts of 2009 - An Act Modernizing the Transportation System of the Commonwealth)

  3. Hasn’t this Study been done before?
    The Grounding McGrath study is the first to be conducted since MassDOT took ownership of the Route 28 corridor.  While previous efforts, including the Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) study, Toward a Route 28 Corridor Transportation Plan: An Emerging Vision , have made recommendations for the corridor.  This is the first comprehensive effort to evaluate the feasibility and impacts of de-elevating portions of Route 28 (McGrath Highway).  Previous studies can be found here.

  4. How is the City of Somerville involved?
    The City of Somerville participated in the development and review of the scope of services for this effort.  Representatives from the city participate in the Working Group and are helping to guide the study.  Somerville’s parallel planning efforts - Somerville Community Path, Inner Belt Brickbottom Plan - will also be coordinated with this Project.

  5. How long will the Study last?
    MassDOT anticipates completing the Grounding McGrath Study with a range of recommendations by late Spring of 2012.

  6. How do I get involved or stay informed of the Study?
    The study team maintains a contact list, and regular updates and notices of meetings are sent to those on the list and posted on this website (Add URL).  To be added to the contact list, please visit the Keep Me Informed (add URL) page of the project website.

  7. What is a Health Impact Assessment?seven
    A Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a systematic process that uses an array of data sources and analytic methods and considers input from stakeholders to determine the potential effects of a proposed policy, plan, program or project on the health of a population and the distribution of those effects within the population. Health impact assessments provide recommendations on monitoring and managing those effects. (National Research Council definition, 2011)

  8. Why is MassDOT making repairs on the elevated structure before the completion of the Study?
    The McCarthy Overpass viaduct on Route 28 is in poor condition.  It is paramount that MassDOT maintain the safety and functionality of its infrastructure. The scheduled repair work will restore the viaduct and keep it in good repair for approximately ten years, the expected time that would be required to implement any long-term recommendations.

  9. What kinds of improvements will the study recommend?
    Three types of improvements are being considered – short, medium, and long-term.  Short-term improvements can be done quickly without major design work, and there are existing resources available for them.  Medium-term improvements may include some level of design and would need to seek resources.  Long-term improvements will need to go through more project development (environmental, design, and funding programming), or may not be necessary (based on project analyses) until a future date.

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