Commonwealth Avenue Reconstruction
The Commonwealth Avenue Phase IIA project was a full reconstruction of a heavily traveled urban corridor. An arterial roadway that serves as a critical link in Boston’s street network, Commonwealth Avenue includes the MBTA Green Line streetcar and numerous public and private bus routes. Commonwealth Avenue is also the main thoroughfare of Boston University Charles River Campus.
The project focused on improving safety for all modes of travel and improving transit operations and pedestrian and bicycle safety while accommodating significant vehicle volumes and turning movements.
The final design was developed through a collaborative process between the City of Boston and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and informed by extensive conversations between Boston’s residents, pedestrian and bicycle advocates, the Boston University community, and the project team. We led the conceptual design process to determine the appropriate bicycle facility design and cross-section. We also led the final intersection design, which was the City of Boston’s first protected intersection.