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