West Newton Square Enhancements Project

Final Memo & Graphics

Final Presentation

Project Contact:

westnewtonsq@newtonma.gov

617-796-1127

 

THE WEST NEWTON SQUARE ENHANCEMENTS
PROJECT

Newton City Council voted in favor of this project in early 2018. The project is now advancing from planning to implementation.

The project includes the construction of roadway, sidewalk, and streetscape improvements in the heart of historic West Newton Square for construction in 2018/2019.

Thank you to everyone who has been involved in the Concept Design & Detailed Design phases.  Newton City Council voted in favor of the project in early 2018. The project is now advancing from planning to implementation. The staff memo to the Council and supporting graphics are available here for review.

The goals of the project include:

  • Improving on the existing, and somewhat confusing circulation patterns for driving and walking.
  • Applying a “Complete Streets” approach to the core area along Washington Street, in order to prioritize safety for all and meet the needs of people visiting the square and those passing through.
  • Upgrading landscape and streetscape conditions to create a more inviting and fully accessible sidewalk and business environment during the day and evening, weekday and weekend.

The project will study, and develop recommendations for, the “Greater” West Newton Square area, including areas both north and south of the Turnpike and including the two Washington Street bridges. These are likely to be longer-term recommendations to be considered for construction in years beyond 2017/2018 and will likely involve multiple State agencies as well as the City.

For construction in 2018/2019, the City is committed to enhancing the core of West Newton Square along Washington Street from Lucas Court to Chestnut Street. The City has put a placeholder in the 5 year capital improvement plan (CIP) of $4 million for this project.

The anticipated timeline leading to construction:
Spring & Summer 2018
Preparing and bidding the contract
City Council vote to approve project funds
Fall 2018
Initial construction and preparation elements
Spring to Fall 2019
Construction


National Grid - Gas Main Replacement

As of the start of May 2018 National Grid has re-mobilized to finish the gas main replacement on Washington Street in West Newton Square. It is is valuable for this work to be completed before the City begins the enhancements project to ensure that the newly improved roadway is not subsequently disrupted for important utility work. National Grid and Feeney Brothers will be performing infrastructure upgrades in the area of 1250 to 1397 Washington St, Newton, MA:

  • Start Date: On or about May 22, 2017
  • UPDATED Completion timeline: mid-summer 2018
  • Construction days and hours: 7:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m. Monday thru Saturday.

Materials from National Grid

National Grid Contact: Please call us at 781-907-3804 (Walter F. Fromm, Director of Construction) OR 781-907-3419 (Grace Sawaya, Manager, Community & Customer Management)


Past Meetings:

Questions? Comments.

Please send all questions and comments to WestNewtonSq@newtonma.gov


Existing Plans reviewed and incorporated into this process:

2015 Washington Street Corridor Plan | CTPS
2011 West Newton Village Area Plan | MIT
Draft Complete Streets Policy

 

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