Reimagining Broadway - Transportation

OVERVIEW

The purpose of the Reimagining Broadway - Transportation project is to help the corridor evolve into a business and pedestrian-friendly environment. To that end, the major goals of the project are to:

  1. Develop roadway alternatives that show potential landscape, streetscape, and multi-modal transportation improvements for the City to implement
  2. Submit a final project for consideration on the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Transportation Improvement Program*

*The Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is responsible for conducting the federally required metropolitan transportation planning process for the Boston metropolitan area. The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a competitive, five-year rolling capital plan for the 97 cities and towns in the Boston MPO planning area. The TIP documents all transportation projects that will receive federal funding in the region over the next five years.


COMPLETED WORK

The City's consultant has completed an existing conditions analysis of the Broadway corridor. This included a topographical survey, an inventory and assessment of existing drainage & sanitary sewer structures, pavement probes, and traffic counts. This information is critical towards understanding what reconstruction work is necessary to improve the roadway. It will also help inform the work of the City's Engineering Department for future utility projects that take place along Broadway.

The team has also started analyzing traffic counts to determine feasible conceptual designs for the roadway. For example, an overarching comment made by residents is that they would like the corridor to be more pedestrian-friendly. Reducing or narrowing vehicle lanes is a proven way to calm vehicle traffic and make a roadway more comfortable for pedestrians. The analyses conducted will determine what roadway reconfigurations are feasible before presenting them to the community.


COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

This project will re-design the corridor in a way that addresses residents’ concerns and supports businesses. To that end, the City is hosting two virtual community meetings.

At the first virtual community meeting on Wednesday, September 28th from 6pm to 7:30pm, residents will learn about the current state of the roadway, share what concerns they have, and indicate their desired improvements. Based on this feedback, the City will develop several conceptual renderings showing potential re-designs of the roadway. These will be presented at the next virtual meeting on Wednesday, October 26th from 6pm to 7:30pm for further feedback. The goal of these meetings is to develop a community-based roadway project that can be submitted for consideration on the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Transportation Improvement Program, which awards federal funds to construct major transportation projects in the region.

Information for both of the virtual community meetings is included below:

Reimagining Broadway - Transportation Community Meeting #1

  • Link to event webpage
  • Date: Wednesday, September 28th 6pm-7:30pm
  • Video Option: https://cityofmalden.zoom.us/j/99261612272
  • Call-In Option: +1 646 518 9805, Meeting ID: 992 6161 2272

Reimagining Broadway - Transportation Community Meeting #2

  • Link to event webpage
  • Date: Wednesday, October 26th 6pm-7:30pm
  • Video Option: https://cityofmalden.zoom.us/j/99261612272
  • Call-In Option: +1 646 518 9805, Meeting ID: 966 5235 3394 

BACKGROUND

OSPCD received a $200,000 Transportation Planning Grant from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in 2021 to conduct survey, pavement and subsurface investigation, drainage assessment, traffic analysis, conceptual layout, cost estimating, and funding application assistance services for the Broadway corridor from the Everett City Line to Melrose City Line in the City of Malden. This work builds off the findings of the Broadway Corridor Framework Plan, which was completed in Fall 2020.

The City of Malden entered into a contract with BSC Group, Inc. for this project in September 2021 and the project kicked off in November 2021. Please note that this project is separate from the Broadway Corridor Land Use and Zoning Study. The two projects overlap because transportation and zoning are inherently related, so findings from both studies will inform the other.