BSC Selected for East Massachusetts Avenue Roadway Improvement Project, Lexington, MA

BSC Group was selected to provide professional consulting services for roadway reconstruction and traffic signal design for intersections along East Massachusetts Avenue in Lexington. The project will improve pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular traffic safety as well as improve traffic operations in the area.

The project corridor is approximately 3,500 feet long extending from Pleasant Street to Marrett Road and is part of the Battle Road Scenic Byway marched by the British on April 19, 1775, during the battle that began the Revolutionary War. There are three major unsignalized intersections under evaluation by BSC as well as several pedestrian crossings, one of which is currently signalized. Main issues to be addressed by BSC include pedestrian and vehicular safety, bicycle accommodation, and sensitivity to historic issues as the entire length of the project is included within the East Lexington Historic District.

BSC surveyors will perform a property, utility and topographic survey of the project area and prepare a preliminary Right-of-Way plan per the requirements of the MassDOT Design Guide. The project will involve an extensive public participation campaign with several community groups, continuous coordination with MassDOT, and an effort to secure Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) funding through The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Tom Loughlin, PE, the project manager, and Charles Kalauskas, PE will lead the project. Engineering support will be provided by Joanna Lunsford, PE, and Melissa Brindley, EIT, while Sean Ewald, PLS will manage the land surveying effort.