Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The Boston Transportation Department plans to fill in the existing underpasses at Austin Street and Sullivan Square in favor of an 'urban boulevard' design.
The decision is in: The new Rutherford Avenue design will eliminate the current underpasses in favor of a surface roadway. “In partnership with the Charlestown community, we’re working to transform Rutherford Avenue from a highway to a neighborhood-friendly, urban boulevard,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino said in a press release distributed Tuesday. “Residents will be able to take advantage of new connections to the MBTA Orange Line, new greenspace for children to play and safe access to the Charles River. The new Rutherford Avenue will offer these and countless other opportunities to enhance quality of life for the people of Charlestown.” The Boston Transportation Department has been quiet on the subject of Rutherford Avenue since early December…
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
This letter was submitted by a Charlestown resident.
Wednesday, January 30
Since Governor Patrick’s transportation plan was recently announced, discussions on funding for transportation projects seem to dominate the news. In response to the current discussions on Beacon Hill, The Massachusetts Public Health Association spoke out in a recent letter featured in the Charlestown Patch on Jan. 24, regarding the direct impact of transportation on public health and the importance of investing in projects that promote public health. Charlestown has an opportunity to address both public health and transportation, in the reconstruction of Rutherford Avenue and Sullivan Square. The surface option, which is a proposal to reconstruct Rutherford Avenue and Sullivan Square at grade level, is a cost effective plan to improve …
Monday, December 10, 2012
Do more questions remain about the underpass or surface options, or are you ready to see the project move forward?
The Boston Transportation Department hosted a final public meeting last Thursday, Dec. 6 on the design options for the Rutherford Avenue and Austin Street intersection. Now city officials expect to make a decision—surface option or underpass reconstruction—within the next three months. So what do you think: Was the meeting productive? Do you feel that anything new was presented at the Dec. 6 meeting? Was anything said to change your mind? Or are there questions you feel still haven't been answered regarding either option for the project? Is it time to move on, or should the issue be further discussed? Take our poll below and then tell us your thoughts in the comments section.
Friday, December 7, 2012
The Boston Transportation Department plans to make a decision on what to do with the Austin Street intersection within the next three months.
Charlestown residents who turned out for one final community meeting on the Rutherford Avenue corridor project Thursday night argued passionately for their sides—revisiting old concerns and raising new questions, too. But whether they were for keeping the underpass at Rutherford and Austin Street or supported bringing the roadway to the surface, nearly everyone seemed ready to move forward, urging city officials to make a decision soon. Hosted by the Boston Transportation Department, the public meeting was held at the Knights of Columbus hall on Medford Avenue and drew a standing room-only crowd, with many surface option supporters wearing green stickers that stated their views. BTD Commissioner Tom Tinlin moderated the meeting, which was …
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Here are some of the top stories from the past week in Charlestown.
We know it’s easy to fall behind on the news. If you have this week, here are five stories we think you should take a look at. 1.) RUTHERFORD AVENUE UPDATE: The latest proposal to redesign this area near Sullivan Square was presented to the public before the Charlestown Neighborhood Council. But judging from the reactions of the crowd, the new plan does little to address concerns about traffic diverting through the middle of the neighborhood. 2.) CHARLESTOWN HIGH TEACHER HONORED: Charlestown High teacher Amy Piacitelli was one of four teachers in the country to get a call from US 'educator-in-chief' Arne Duncan. 3.) SOVEREIGN BANK ROBBED: The bank on Rutherford Avenue was robbed on Tuesday. 4.) THE CHARLESTOWN SEMINARY: OK, so this is old …