Improve Lincoln Street Along the Mass Pike in Allston

The Mass Pike is being repaved and widened to add a breakdown lane to the westbound side of the road. An 8 foot high wooden wall is being built to prevent snow from being plowed off the Pike onto Lincoln Street.
At the Allston Civic Association meeting in March, representatives from the Turnpike offered no improvements to the area as part of this project. State Senator Jarrett Barrios and State Representative Kevin Honan are interested in trying to improve the situation on Lincoln Street and are interested in hearing what the community wants. Suggestions have included having the fence run the entire length of Lincoln Street and adding plantings between the wall and sidewalk.

This actually may be a great opportunity to get some much needed improvements on Lincoln Street and create a ribbon of greenspace along the road, but improvements will only happen if Senator Barrios and Representative Honan hear that their constituents care. Please take a few minutes to call them or send a brief email.
State Senator Jarrett Barrios
Jarrett.Barrios@state.ma.us
(617) 722-1650
State House
Room 309
Boston, MA 02133
State Representative Kevin Honan
Rep.KevinHonan@hou.state.ma.us
617-722-2470
State House
Room 38
Boston, MA 02133

News coverage of this project
Allston-Brighton TAB, January 28
Allston-Brighton TAB, March 11
Boston Globe, March 13
Allston-Brighton TAB, March 25
Allston-Brighton TAB, May 27
Boston Herald, June 6

There are many different ways the Mass Pike's impact on Lincoln Street could be improved!

Weeds and trash are rarely removed from the Turnpike side of the street.

Chain link fence, utility poles, and overhead wires detract from the appearance.

This Turnpike-owned overpass near Franklin Street has several problems:
  • Turnpike maintenance crews rarely remove trash and graffiti.
  • The Turnpike has allowed NSTAR to keep a live high-voltage electric cable in a "temporary" housing on the surface of the overpass for several years.
  • The exit from the ramp is very dangerous as bicyclists merge onto Lincoln Street. A bicyclist was killed in this area in June 2004. The Boston Transportation Department has indicated that there is little they can do because the area is owned by the Turnpike.

Trees and utility poles make the sidewalk too narrow to use.
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