Open Space and Public Realm 1 D2. New homes, shops and open spaces compliment new commercial spaces that will foster the next concentration of tech, biotech, and life science companies within greater Boston. Commercial An array of new commercial spaces will appeal to companies at various stages of growth, expanding the local ecosystem for work and innovation.
Origin[ edit ] Traffic on the old, elevated Central Artery at mid-day in This project was developed in response to traffic congestion on Boston's historically tangled streets which were laid out long before the advent of the automobile.
As early as the city's Planning Board recommended a raised express highway running north-south through the downtown district in order to draw traffic off the city streets.
Governor John Volpe interceded in the s to change the design of the last section of the Central Artery putting it underground through the Dewey Square Tunnel. While traffic moved somewhat better, the other problems remained.
There was chronic congestion on the Central Artery Ian elevated six-lane highway through the center of downtown Boston, which was, in the words of Pete Sigmund, "like a funnel full of slowly-moving, or stopped, cars and swearing motorists.
Traffic jams of 16 hours were predicted for Local businesses again wanted relief, city leaders sought a reuniting of the waterfront with the city, and nearby residents desired removal of the matte green-painted elevated road which mayor Thomas Menino called Boston's "other Green Monster ".
Salvucci envisioned moving the whole expressway underground. Cancellation of the Inner Belt project[ edit ] This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources.
Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. March Learn how and when to remove this template message Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge over the Charles River under construction, looking north. The old elevated Central Artery crossing is to the right. Another important motivation for the final form of the Big Dig was the abandonment of the Massachusetts Department of Public Works' intended expressway system through and around Boston.
The Central Artery, as part of Mass. DPW's Master Plan ofwas originally planned to be the downtown Boston stretch of Interstate 95and was signed as such; a bypass road called the Inner Belt, was subsequently renamed Interstate The law establishing the Interstate highway system was enacted in The Inner Belt District was to pass to the west of the downtown core, through the neighborhood of Roxbury and the cities of BrooklineCambridgeand Somerville.
Earlier controversies over impact of the Boston extension of the Massachusetts Turnpikeparticularly on the heavily populated neighborhood of Brightonand the additional large amount of housing that would have had to be destroyed led to massive community opposition to both the Inner Belt and the Boston section of I Building demolition and land clearances for I through the neighborhoods of Roxbury, Jamaica Plainand Roslindale led to secession threats by Hyde ParkBoston's youngest and southernmost neighborhood.
Bywith only a minimum of work done on the I right of way and none on the potentially massively disruptive Inner Belt, Governor Francis Sargent put a moratorium on highway construction within the MA corridor, except for the final short stretch of Interstate Inthe remainder of the Master Plan was canceled, leaving Boston with a severely overstressed expressway system for the existing traffic.
With ever-increasing traffic volumes funneled onto I alone, the Central Artery became chronically gridlocked. The Sargent moratorium led to the rerouting of I away from Boston around the MA beltway and the conversion of the cleared land in the southern part of the city into the Southwest Corridor linear parkas well as a new right-of-way for the Orange Line subway and Amtrak.
Parts of the planned I right-of-way remain unused and under consideration for future mass-transit projects.
The original Master Plan included a Third Harbor Tunnel plan that was hugely controversial in its own right, because it would have disrupted the Maverick Square area of East Boston. It was never built.
Mixing of traffic[ edit ] A major reason for the all-day congestion was that the Central Artery carried not only north—south traffic, but much east—west traffic as well. Traffic on the major highways from west of Boston—the Massachusetts Turnpike and Storrow Drive —mostly traveled on portions of the Central Artery to reach these tunnels.
Getting between the Central Artery and the tunnels involved short diversions onto city streets, increasing local congestion. Mass transit[ edit ] A number of public transportation projects were included as part of an environmental mitigation for the Big Dig.
As of [update]promised projects to extend the Green Line beyond Lechmereto connect the Red and Blue subway lines, and to restore the Green Line streetcar service to the Arborway in Jamaica Plain have not been completed.
Construction of the extension beyond Lechmere has begun. The Arborway Line restoration has been abandoned, following a final court decision in Negotiations with the federal government had led to an agreement to widen some of the lanes in the new harbor tunnel, and accommodating these would require the tunnel to be deeper and mechanically-vented; this left no room for the rail lines, and having diesel trains then in use passing through the tunnel would have substantially increased the cost of the ventilation system.
The expressway separated downtown from the waterfront, and was increasingly choked with bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Business leaders were more concerned about access to Logan Airportand pushed instead for a third harbor tunnel. In their second terms, Michael Dukakis governor and Fred Salvucci secretary of transportation came up with the strategy of tying the two projects together—thereby combining the project that the business community supported with the project that they and the City of Boston supported.
After years of extensive lobbying for federal dollars, a public works bill appropriating funding for the Big Dig was passed by the US Congressbut it was vetoed by President Ronald Reagan for being too expensive. When Congress overrode the veto, the project had its green light and ground was first broken in Eventually, MTA combined some of its employees with joint venture employees in an integrated project organization.
This was intended to make management more efficient, but it hindered MTA's ability to independently oversee project activities because MTA and the joint venture had effectively become partners in the project. The downtown area through which the tunnels were to be dug was largely landfilland included existing Red Line and Blue Line subway tunnels as well as innumerable pipes and utility lines that would have to be replaced or moved.
Tunnel workers encountered many unexpected geological and archaeological barriers, ranging from glacial debris to foundations of buried houses and a number of sunken ships lying within the reclaimed land.Since , Thomas Construction has provided General Contracting and Construction Management for commercial and residential construction projects throughout Boston and Eastern Massachusetts.
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