Travelers in the West Fenway area will soon see traffic changes as the Muddy River restoration project kicks into full gear.
The Army Corps of Engineers, which is leading the project, released an update Monday on what to expect over the next 90 days of work, including changes to traffic patterns in the area.
The $93 million two-phase project is designed to prevent and reduce flooding and will re-open parts of the river that have been covered over the years, install larger culverts to improve water flow, and make other habitat and landscape improvements to the parklands surrounding the river between the Riverway and Avenue Louis Pasteur.
The project will remove two 72-inch culverts and install two 24-foot by 10-foot culverts to carry river water under the Riverway and Brookline Avenue. It will also re-expose the river between the Riverway and Avenue Louis Pasteur, including the area covered to make way for the now abandoned Sears Parking Lot.
Traffic around the Landmark Center will be realigned and the jug handle will be removed as part of the project.
Around March 25, work will begin to relocate the Park Drive exit of the Landmark Center.
The move, expected to be completed in June, will allow exiting vehicles to take a right onto Park Drive, get on the Riverway, or pick up Fenway during construction and afterwards.
Once the relocation is complete and installation of the culvert under Brookline Avenue begins, traffic on Brookline Avenue between Fenway and Park Drive will be one way only headed inbound. This traffic change is expected to be implemented in mid-July, according to the Corps update.
Traffic traveling Brookline Avenue or Boylston Street outbound will need to travel around the rotary between Brookline Avenue, the Riverway, and along Fenway to continue down Brookline Avenue.
New traffic lights will also be installed to ease the congestion that occurs when traffic traveling down Park Drive from Brookline Avenue tries to merge with traffic exiting the Riverway.
The installation of the Brookline Avenue culvert will begin in the Sears rotary area. As work moves downstream, Brookline Avenue will see other traffic lane modifications.
The public will be notified of those modifications two weeks before and again three days before the modifications begin.
To ask questions or receive updates about the project, those interested can e-mail MuddyRiver@usace.army.mil.
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