Transportation

 

Expanding and improving transportation in the N-Squared Innovation District is one of our top priorities. We recognize that in order to attract and retain the best businesses and the best talent, our transportation infrastructure needs significant upgrades to meet the needs of an audience that increasingly lives without owning a car. We also know that no single mode of transportation or improvement can accommodate all needs or eliminate gridlock: only multi-modal solutions will address N-Squared’s needs and that’s precisely what we’ve been working on.

The good news is that our municipal and regional leaders share our concerns and, in at least some instances, our sense of urgency. The other good news is that -- while there’s still much to do -- a lot is either happening right now, has been funded, or been designed.

Here’s an update on what’s in the works that aims to enhance the ways motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, and mass transit riders move to, from, and through the N-Squared Innovation District.

 

Needham Street and Highland Avenue Rebuild
Construction start expected: Fall 2019; Completion expected 2022
The most important and transformative project within the N-Squared Innovation District is the Massachusetts DOT redesign and rebuilding of a two-mile stretch from Route 9 in Newton to Webster Street in Needham. This newly rebuilt roadway will allow more people to move through thanks to a lining up of road crossings, a reduction in curb cuts, better walkability, protected bike lanes, and a widening of the bridge over the Charles River.

Green Line Upgrades
Through 2022
The local D-line is undergoing changes as part a larger $8-billion, 5-year campaign to upgrade the MBTA Green Line. Locally this means track and signal improvements (expected completion: December 2020), as well as an upgrade to the Newton Highlands station (expected completion: 2022). 

Intersection Upgrades
Over the past few years, state and local crews have updated several local intersections to improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety. These include new traffic lights and wholesale changes to how the roadway is configured. Major projects include the Newton intersections of Dedham and Nahaton Street and Oak and Christina at Needham Street, as well as First Ave and Highland Ave. in Needham. Also upgraded recently was an additional exit and entrance ramp at Kendrick Street to Route 128/ I-95.

Bike Sharing
The N-Squared area is now served by Lime with dockless bike sharing. 

 

Bike Infrastructure
The Upper Falls Greenway in Newton and the DCR path along the Charles River in Needham are two of the key protected bike paths in the area. 

Painted bike lines are already in place along Winchester street, offering a pleasant country-like ride along the edge of the district, connecting the amenities of Needham Street with the bucolic settings of the Charles River Country Club and the Newton Community Farm. Newton is working with a consultant to look into additional bike lanes along Nahanton Street and Brookline Street. Those on Nahanton Street would meet with the existing bike lanes in Needham that end at the Charles River.

Additional bike passageways exist in Cutler Park as well as connections between Wells Avenue and both Millennium Park in West Roxbury and Saw Mill Brook Parkway in Newton.

When completed, the Needham Street/ Highland Ave. corridor will include raised, separated bike lanes.

Covered bike parking is available at 85 Wells Ave, as well as at the TripAdvisor headquarters. Indoor bike parking is offered at several local facilities.


 

 
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