MassDOT is currently conducting Grounding McGrath: Determining the Future of the Route 28 Corridor (Grounding McGrath Study) in response to the following:
- The McCarthy Overpass, which is the elevated structure that carries Route 28 (McGrath Highway) over Washington Street in Somerville, is currently in need of substantial repairs
- Several significant planning and economic development efforts are underway for the areas adjacent to the Route 28 (McGrath Highway) corridor
- Extension of the MBTA Green Line to Somerville and Medford has entered the design/construction phase and has the potential to significantly affect the area
- The City of Somerville has expressed a desire to modify Route 28 (McGrath Highway) from its current "other freeway" classification to a roadway more like a boulevard
- Moving forward, the Route 28 corridor through Somerville and Cambridge will continue to play a pivotal role in providing multimodal access for the area and adjacent neighborhoods
This conceptual planning study is providing MassDOT and the general public with an opportunity to consider the future functionality of the roadway, potential removal of elevated portions, and to enhance access for all modes of travel. The Grounding McGrath Study will seek to not only balance the needs of all transportation users, but to also facilitate connections along the corridor, and encourage development that will have a positive impact on the neighborhoods and the region as a whole.