The Kelley Square area in Worcester is a vibrant and growing neighborhood. It is also one of the highest crash locations in the state. A series of intersections with no signals, and a ramp from I-290 that crosses Vernon Street, make the square hard to navigate.
Kelley Square poses a number of safety risks for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers. Between 2018-2019 MassDOT, the City of Worcester, and the Kelley Square community worked collaboratively to develop a design to rebuild Kelley Square and sections of neighboring streets to address these issues.
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MassDOT and the City of Worcester are working together on a project to improve navigation and safety issues in Kelley Square.
This project will:
- Address safety and navigation problems for motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians
- Support the local businesses and residents who call Kelley Square their home
- Include streetscape elements to make Kelley Square an attractive and comfortable place to visit
- Improve connection between the Canal District and Green Island neighborhoods
The project team is still gathering information, including crash data and traffic volume projections. Our next step will be using that data to design a development plan.
Key components of the project include the following:
- Reconstructing Kelley Square as a modified roundabout.
- On Madison Street:
- Adding parking to the road's north side Improving landscaping and street lighting along the road Constructing a shared use path
- On Green Street:
- Improving landscaping and street lighting along the road Constructing a shared use path
- On Harding Street north of Kelley Square:
- Improving landscaping and street lighting along the road Constructing a shared use path Constructing a bicycle lane leading into Kelley Square
- A new roundabout at Arwick Avenue/Millbury Street/Harding Street
- Reversing the directions of Millbury Street and Harding Street to work with the roundabout at Kelley Square.
As of November 2019, the project is in construction with a general contracting team led by J.H. Lynch and Sons, Incorporated under the direction of MassDOT District 3. Construction is expected to be substantially completed by November 2020.