About this Project
As part of an On-Call contract with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation, FST was requested to evaluate alternatives to improve public safety along Nonantum Road (1.5 miles) and its adjacent parkland in Newton and Watertown. Following the study, DCR asked FST to provide design services for the recommendations implementation.
The conditions along the corridor are constrained for all users. It is a four-lane thoroughfare with no shoulders and an adjacent narrow shared-use path. Nonantum Road also has deteriorating physical conditions, coupled with obsolete traffic control for the current uses of the road. The project goals are to provide overall safety along the parkway for all users: vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians.
FST’s recommended improvements reduce the roadway cross-section on Nonantum to a single travel lane in each direction with left turn lanes at major intersections. Geometric improvements at Charlesbank Road, Maple Street, Water Street, Galen Street and Brooks Street intersections will provide safer vehicular turning movements and pedestrian crossings.
Nonantum Road is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; therefore another aspect of the project is to recapture the essence of its historical context. Reducing the roadway to two lanes creates great opportunity to provide landscape enhancements to separate the recreational path from the parkway, consequently increasing pedestrian safety.
Owner: Massachusetts DCR
Location: Newton and Watertown, Massachusetts
Highlights: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Nonantum Road was a four-lane thoroughfare with no shoulders and an adjacent narrow shared-use path. Working for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and then for MassDOT, FST reduced the roadway cross-section to a single travel lane in each direction with left turn lanes at major intersections. This also created landscape enhancement opportunities and increased pedestrian safety.