I-90 Allston Multimodal Project to Advance

Prepared by Rick Dimino, President & CEO

With yesterday's announcement by MassDOT, the I-90 Allston Multimodal Project received a down payment, but short-term repairs are no substitute for a long-term solution. At this crucial juncture, we urge Secretary Tesler and Governor Baker to select and advance an all at-grade project design and to outline an expedited design and construction schedule to take advantage of federal infrastructure funds. The state's strategy represents a reasonable investment of state and federal funds, as the Allston Viaduct will need to be safe and operational during construction of the broader I-90 Allston Multimodal project to provide for important traffic mitigation. However, this initial investment must be part of a broader financing strategy that leverages federal infrastructure funds to realize the full I-90 Allston Multimodal Project, including the new intermodal West Station on the Worcester/Framingham Commuter Rail Line. The state must move quickly to realize an all at-grade design, supported by a broad and diverse coalition of stakeholders, that will remove the roadway from the Charles River, create jobs and economic opportunities, enhance river access, and advance a 21st century approach to mobility, city building, and resiliency.

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