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Old 04-29-2019, 09:58 AM   #1021
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Re: I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

>> Connecting most if not all cross streets is a no brainer.

MassDOT's current plan has one connection - a footbridge at Malvern St that maybe someday could be widened to allow vehicular traffic

For those of you thinking that MassDOT is sandbagging their estimates for how long this will take, they are proposing to relocate some big utility pipes before the highway & rail work even starts. More info at
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1zh...jhz-woExd3RlQt
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Re: I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

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>> Connecting most if not all cross streets is a no brainer.

MassDOT's current plan has one connection - a footbridge at Malvern St that maybe someday could be widened to allow vehicular traffic

For those of you thinking that MassDOT is sandbagging their estimates for how long this will take, they are proposing to relocate some big utility pipes before the highway & rail work even starts. More info at
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1zh...jhz-woExd3RlQt
This has been discussed in some geometric detail here before, grading all of the streets on the BU side to clear the Turnpike would be difficult and expensive.
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Re: I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

Very big update for the FMCB and MassDOT Board on this today. MassDOT, Harvard, the City, and other folks have been working on Harvard's "flip" proposal for West Station. MassDOT has modified Harvard's initial concept but is still working on it - one major potentially-related change is the addition of a Malvern St. transitway bridge to link West Station to the south.

The core of the "flip" is to move the straightaway Worcester Main Line to curve to the north and hug the new highway alignment, allowing the platforms to be closer to Harvard's land. MassDOT essentially rejected the idea of moving all WML service north, but accepted the idea of moving the platforms, with a track maintained on the current straightaway (presumably for express trains and Amtrak) to keep that track at 79mph. The "flip" also presupposes Grand Junction service.

Will post slides when they're up.
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