- Bedford Pavement Management
- Route 3 Corridor Improvements
- Traffic Signal & Intersection Improvements at Route 105
- I-95 Safety Improvements
- Hopkinton Pavement Management
- Sagamore Rotary Grade Separation
- Central Artery/Tunnel
- Route 101 Traffic Calming
- I-495 Corridor Transportation Study
- Long Island Expressway Noise Barriers
NYSDOT Region 10, NY
- Railroad Lane Area Improvements
- New Castle Avenue
- Maple Street and Maple Avenue Roadway Improvements
- Emergency Roadway Repairs
- Route 16 Chocorua Village Traffic Calming
- Exit 15, I-295 US-1 Interchange, Park and Ride Facility
- Toll Plaza Upgrades
Bedford & Merrimack, NH
- Broad Street Parkway
- Martin A. Coughlin Bypass Road
East Boston/Chelsea, MA
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.