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State plans another meeting to discuss plan to rebuild Cambridge Street overpass in Allston

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  December 30, 2013 04:04 PM

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State officials plan to hold another public meeting this month to further discuss a closely scrutinized plan to rebuild the Cambridge Street overpass in Allston.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at the Jackson Mann Community Center in Allston, according to the state transportation department’s website.

In recent months, hundreds of neighbors have signed on to petitions calling for a series of changes to the two-year, $10-million project.

A letter this month signed by sixteen organization and 332 residents said the state should install crosswalks and pedestrian signals to make the street safer to cross on foot, and it says the state should cancel its plan to install a fence on the median of Cambridge Street.

The petition, similar to an earlier letter, also asked the state to lower the speed limit along Cambridge Street, to install physical barriers between bicycle and vehicle lanes and to change the design of plans at other key intersections the project would affect.

State officials for months told residents they could not install a pedestrian crossing on Cambridge Street, which runs over the Massachusetts Turnpike. But in November the state transportation department announced it was considering the idea and conducting an analysis to see if a crossing would be feasible.

To read more about the project and residents’ concerns over the plans, click here, here and here.

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at matthew.rocheleau@globe.com.
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