MassDOT plans massive reconstruction of Massachusetts Turnpike in Boston

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation released this image of the proposed reconstruction of the Massachusetts Turpike in Boston.

Massachusetts transportation officials on Thursday announced their design proposal for reconstructing the Massachusetts Turnpike through the Allston section of Boston.

The project would raise part of Soldiers Field Road, while lowering a stretch of highway near Boston University.

While improving traffic flow, it would also open up areas around Allston for development and create better access for pedestrians and bicyclists to the Charles River.

A new commuter rail station is also part of the plan.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation said the project would take about eight years to complete, causing a long disruption for the 150,000 drivers who use the section of highway every day.

The project would cost about $1 billion. Construction won't begin until 2021 or 2022.


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