FROM

Mass. Pike in Allston, Soldiers Field Road are set for a major overhaul

The $1.1 billion project promises to radically reshape the western face of the city and will certainly disrupt travel for years.

An image of Soldiers Field Road in a new viaduct above the Massachusetts Turnpike along the Charles River in Allston. –MassDOT

After years of debate, state transportation officials Thursday announced the final design on the biggest highway project in Boston in a generation: rebuilding the Massachusetts Turnpike at ground level in Allston and elevating a section of Soldiers Field Road along the Charles River onto a new viaduct above the highway.

The $1.1 billion project promises to radically reshape the western face of the city and will certainly disrupt travel for years. The main objective is to straighten the turnpike where it takes a sweeping curve through now-abandoned rail yards, freeing up that land for new streets, a train station, and dozens of acres of new development by Harvard University.

Advertisement

While the planning for the turnpike rebuild has long been in the works, state officials have spent months mulling options for the narrow section of roads between the Boston University Bridge and Cambridge Street colloquially called “the throat.”

Close

Get the latest breaking news sent directly to your phone. Download our free app.