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Newton's Commonwealth Ave to get facelift

Posted by David Dahl, Regional Editor August 3, 2008 12:11 PM

After an eight-year hiatus, another stretch of Commonwealth Avenue in Newton will be reconstructed next year.

The $8.9 million project to reconstruct the roadway, put in granite curbing, and install new traffic signals, among other improvements, was initiated in the early 1990s, said city planner Michael Kruse. Three phases of the project have been completed, with two stretches of road reconstructed in 1994 and another in 2000, Kruse said.

In the upcoming phase, a stretch of road from Grant Avenue to just before the Boston city line will be reconstructed, primarily with the use of federal funds distributed by Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization. The project went to bid recently, and roadwork is expected to begin next year. Kruse said he expects this phase to take between 18 months and two years to complete, and said the delay between phases was due to funding approval.

"There are 101 cities and towns competing for the same funding, so we have to wait our turn," he said.

- Rachana Rathi

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