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Public Hearing Notice  Watertown - Rehabilitation Mt. Auburn St. - Virtual design public hearing

Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

Overview   of Watertown - Rehabilitation Mt. Auburn St. - Virtual design public hearing

A live virtual design public hearing to present the design for the proposed rehabilitation of Mt. Auburn Street (Route 16) project in Watertown, MA.


The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Rehabilitation of Mt. Auburn Street (Route 16) project. All views and comments submitted in response to the hearing will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible.


The proposed project includes the reconstruction of Mt. Auburn Street from the Cambridge City Line to the intersection with Summer Street, just east of Watertown Square, approximately 9,300 feet. The project involves the alteration of roadway geometry including the implementation of a road diet. Safety improvements, bicycle accommodations including on-street buffered and non-buffered bicycle lanes, bus/bicycle lanes, and shared lanes (sharrows), as space permits have been provided in accordance with applicable design guides. Improvements also include the reconstruction of existing traffic signals, ADA compliant pedestrian facilities (sidewalks, pedestrian curb ramps), and modernization of bus stops in accordance with MBTA guidelines.

A secure right-of-way is necessary for this project. Acquisitions in fee and permanent or temporary easements may be required. The Town of Watertown is responsible for acquiring all needed rights in private or public lands. MassDOT’s policy concerning land acquisitions will be presented in the hearing.

Project inquiries, written statements and other exhibits regarding the proposed undertaking may be submitted to Carrie E. Lavallee, P.E., Acting Chief Engineer, via e-mail to or via US Mail to Suite 6340, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Attention: Project Management, Project File No. 607777. Statements and exhibits intended for inclusion in the public hearing transcript must be emailed or postmarked no later than ten (10) business days after the hearing is posted to the MassDOT website listed below.

This hearing is accessible to people with disabilities. MassDOT provides reasonable accommodations and/or language assistance free of charge upon request (e.g. interpreters in American Sign Language and languages other than English, live captioning, videos, assistive listening devices and alternate material formats), as available. For accommodation or language assistance, please contact MassDOT's Chief Diversity and Civil Rights Officer by phone (857-368-8580), TTD/TTY at (857) 266-0603, fax (857) 368-0602 or by email ( Requests should be made as soon as possible prior to the meeting, and for more difficult to arrange services including sign-language, CART or language translation or interpretation, requests should be made at least ten business days before the hearing.

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