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Portion of Brookline Avenue to become one-way

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  August 27, 2013 12:22 PM

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A portion of Brookline Avenue will become one-way next month as work on the Muddy River Restoration Project continues.

Brookline Avenue between the Riverway and Park Drive will become a one-way street inbound starting the evening of Sunday, Sept. 8, according to a construction update by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Two lanes of traffic are also being installed on Brookline Avenue to allow four lanes of traffic to travel inbound when the two lanes that currently travel outbound are closed, project manager Mike Keegan said in the e-mail update.

Traffic changes around the Landmark Center are just part of the $93 million project to restore parts of the Muddy River to help prevent flooding of the river that runs through the heart of Boston’s Emerald Necklace.

The project, led by the Army Corps of Engineers, will reopen 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.

Once that section of Brookline Avenue becomes a one-way, vehicles traveling down 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 to the Longwood Medical Area.

New traffic signals will be installed to ease the congestion that occurs when traffic traveling down Park Drive tries to merge with traffic exiting the Riverway.

Changing the traffic pattern on Sunday night “will allow us to have all of the traffic signals interconnect cables ready for the morning rush hour,” Keegan said.

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