Commonwealth Avenue Carriageway Redesign

Commonwealth Avenue Carriageway Redesign


Commonwealth Avenue from Lyons Field to the Charles River Bridge, Auburndale



The Commonwealth Avenue Carriageway Redesign Project will redesign, reconstruct, and restore a critical compromised segment of the Commonwealth Avenue Carriageway from Lyons Field to the Charles River Bridge, in the process creating new green space and adding a continuous walking and bicycle path by rerouting vehicular traffic to the south side of the median. The project will increase the overall amount of green space, link myriad trail networks including the Charles River Path, the Riverside Greenway trail network (in development), and Weston’s planned shared use path (currently at 25% design), increase visibility and access to the historic boathouse on the Charles River, and improve transit access in the area by upgrading bus stops.



  $390,000 CPA Funding Requested to complete Final Design

  $47,900     City of Newton and Solomon Funds allocated for Concept Design

  $200,000 City of Newton Funds allocated for 25% Design

       $4,590,000 MassDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Program funding confirmed for construction

               $5,227,900 TOTAL PROJECT COST


Nicole Freedman, Director of Transportation Planning

City of Newton

1000 Commonwealth Avenue

Newton, MA 02459 617.796.1481 

Barney Heath, Director 

Planning and Development Department

1000 Commonwealth Avenue

Newton, MA 02459 617.796.1120

Funding Process

June 26, 2020  - Pre-Proposal submitted for CPC Review at July 14 Meeting. The following additional materials were also submitted with the pre-proposal form:

August 10, 2020 - Full Proposal submitted for review by the CPC at their September 15, 2020 Meeting. The separate Attachment document includes:

  • Cover Letter from Mayor Fuller
  • Existing Photos of Project Location
  • Plans and Maps showing the project location and proposed design
  • Project Budget and Finance Information
  • Construction Cost Estimate
  • City Council Vote to fund 25% Design
  • Sponsor Finances and Qualifications
  • Letters of Support

September 14, 2020 - League of Women Voter's Letter of Support

September 15, 2020 - CPC recommends full funding of project following the public hearing and Project Presentation. Recommendation to be written for City Council's review.

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