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Plan for Mass. Pike holds promise for region, officials say

The Mass. Pike at Allston is seen with the rail yard at left.
The Mass. Pike at Allston is seen with the rail yard at left.Jonathan Wiggs/Globe staff

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At first blush, the state Department of Transportation project is simple: Rebuild Allston’s section of the Massachusetts Turnpike to make it less curvy, allowing for cars to travel through all-electronic tolling plazas without slowing.

But the $260 million project, forecast to begin construction in 2017, has attracted the hopes and dreams of transit activists, business bigwigs, and leaders from around the region, all of whom believe that the project, and the 60 acres of land to be opened up by the highway straightening, has the potential to reshape the region.

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