Here’s a release from the Charles River Conservancy group from late last week regarding the ongoing efforts to have underpasses built into bridges. Read on to find out how you can become more involved in improving running conditions along the Charles.
Dear Underpass Supporter,
Happy Friday the 13th! We hope you were able to stay warm and dry in the wild winter weather - believe it or not, we’re just a few short days from the spring equinox, when the weather will (hopefully) continue to improve and paths will continue to clear!
First Public Meeting
The first public meeting to discuss the pedestrian/bicycle underpass at the Anderson Memorial Bridge will be scheduled for mid to late April. We’ll let you know the location and date as soon as we know! At this public meeting, Gill Engineering, who has been commissioned by MassDOT to design the underpass, will present three options:
- Your dream underpass, which goes through the bridge, allowing for easy, uninterrupted travel.
- A boardwalk underpass, which goes through the bridge arch and over the water (think of the underpass at the BU bridge); this is nice, but not ideal.
- No underpass: sticking with the at-grade intersection plan with no further modification.
Most of us would choose Option 1, but we need a strong turnout to let the designers at Gill and MassDOT know why this is the best option! We encourage you to bring a friend, to share your opinion, and to raise your hand when Option 1 is presented. Be on the lookout for a follow-up email with additional information about the date.
Gill Engineering will be presenting the full details of the “dream” underpass design (noted above as Option 1) later this spring. In preparation of their presentation, we’d like to gather input from the running community about what you’d like to see included (or not) in their final design.
Would you or someone you know be interested in joining the Anderson Underpass Runner’s Committee? Send an email to [email protected] with your name, contact information, and a brief introduction of yourself, or feel free to nominate a friend for this committee.
Our partners at the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation have been working with community partners to identify the best and worst paths under the Urban Paths and Parkways Committee. You can help them out by letting them know what areas need repaving here.
As always, stay safe when running on the Charles #riverpaths this spring!
The Underpasses Team at the Charles River Conservancy