Newton City Council voted in favor of this project in early 2018. The project is now advancing from planning to implementation.
The project includes a plan to design, and construct 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:
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
National Grid has given notice to the City of Newton that the utility gas line improvement work on Washington St. in West Newton is anticipated to begin on Monday May 22, 2017. This is an important first step in the construction of 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:
What you can expect during National Grid's construction.
Typical natural gas main replacement and service construction includes:
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)
The City of Newton considers community participation crucial to ensure that that public needs and inputs are considered in a project. This is a collaborative process between members of the West Newton community, City staff, and members of the project consultant team at HDR, Inc. and Klopfer Martin Design Group. The City is committed to involving the community during all phases of planning, design and construction of the West Newton Project.
Please send all questions and comments to WestNewtonSq@newtonma.gov
Existing Plans being reviewed and incorporated into this process:
2015 Washington Street Corridor Plan | CTPS
2011 West Newton Village Area Plan | MIT
Draft Complete Streets Policy