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Comm. Ave. reconstruction draws neighbors' ire

Posted by Leslie Anderson  November 10, 2009 09:22 AM

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The reconstruction of Commonwealth Avenue has sparked complaints from several Newton residents living near Mt. Alvernia and Manet roads, who say the work is creating hazards for both motorists and pedestrians.

Commonwealth Avenue resident Ione Malloy gathered signatures from 10 households in the neighborhood and sent a letter to Mayor David Cohen and city engineer Louis M. Taverna.

“We urge no further reconstruction without incorporating a remedy from this neighborhood feedback,” wrote Malloy in her letter to Taverna.

Neighbors near the construction site are concerned about traffic jams since Mt. Alvernia Road was narrowed due the construction. Both the hill and sidewalks are dangerous, said Malloy in her letters. Residents also feel they were not consulted on the project.

“They haven’t lived here during the winter,” Malloy said in an interview. “I think they made life more difficult and aesthetically uglier.”

The $ 5.7 million project, which is being overseen by the state, stretches from Grant Avenue to the Boston/Newton city lines.The work includes new sidewalks with granite curbing, as well as repaving of the carriage lane.

The city anticipates the project in the neighborhood of Mt. Alvernia and Manet roads to be finished by the winter, said Jeremy Solomon, director of policy and communications.

“This is a project that has been carefully planned and vetted,” said Solomon. “I think we laid out quite clearly what the city’s position is and why.”

Caitlin Castello can be reached at caitlincastello@gmail.com.

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