Pearl Street Reconstruction & Safety Improvements

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The City of Somerville will be resurfacing the roadway and sidewalks of Pearl Street between McGrath Highway and Mount Vernon Street. This project presents an opportunity to improve the experience of people traveling on Pearl Street while promoting sustainability and improving traffic safety for all users.

This project can include items like traffic islands at high priority intersections, speed humps and/or speed tables, and raised crossings at high priority crosswalks. The project will not include any utility work below the surface of the road, nor will it include new traffic signals or major network redesign such as turning Pearl St into a one-way street.

Construction was originally anticipated to begin in Fall 2021, but it has been moved to Spring 2022. City staff will be using the rest of the winter to solicit community feedback and then finalize the design in time for the start of construction season.

The City of Somerville will be resurfacing the roadway and sidewalks of Pearl Street between McGrath Highway and Mount Vernon Street. This project presents an opportunity to improve the experience of people traveling on Pearl Street while promoting sustainability and improving traffic safety for all users.

This project can include items like traffic islands at high priority intersections, speed humps and/or speed tables, and raised crossings at high priority crosswalks. The project will not include any utility work below the surface of the road, nor will it include new traffic signals or major network redesign such as turning Pearl St into a one-way street.

Construction was originally anticipated to begin in Fall 2021, but it has been moved to Spring 2022. City staff will be using the rest of the winter to solicit community feedback and then finalize the design in time for the start of construction season.

  • Pearl Street Safety Improvements Community Meeting #2, January 19, 2022

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    Join us for the next virtual community meeting to discuss roadway upgrades and traffic safety improvements on Pearl Street.

    At this meeting, City staff will provide an update on the project timeline, share public survey response summaries, and present proposed designs for Pearl Street. Community members are invited to share their feedback on the proposed designs. If you are not able to join, there will be an opportunity to provide feedback through a survey.

    The meeting will take place virtually on Wednesday, January 19, at 6:00 p.m. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Interpretation into Portuguese, Haitian Kreyol, or Nepali may be available upon advance request by contacting the SomerViva Office of Immigrant Affairs at somerviva@somervillema.gov or calling 311 at 617-666-3311.

    To join by phone:

    • For higher quality, dial a number based on your current location.
      US: +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 720 707 2699 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799

    • Webinar ID: 880 1043 3543

    • Passcode: 457 057

    For any questions, please email transportation@somervillema.gov.

    Persons with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication (i.e., CART, ASL), written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures in order to access the programs, activities, and meetings of the City of Somerville should please contact Adrienne Pomeroy at 617-625-6600 x 2059 or ADA@somervillema.gov.

  • Pearl Street Safety Improvements Public Meeting, April 21

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    Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Ward 1 Councilor Matt McLaughlin invite you to a virtual community meeting to discuss roadway upgrades and traffic safety improvements on Pearl Street.

    As part of the Pearl Street Reconstruction and Traffic Safety Improvements project, sidewalks will be reconstructed, the road will be repaved, and traffic safety upgrades will be installed on the eastern section of Pearl Street, between McGrath Highway and Mount Vernon Street. Construction is expected to begin later this year.

    At this meeting, City staff will introduce the project, provide existing conditions data, and present concepts for potential roadway changes to improve traffic safety and support sustainable, multi-modal transportation. Community members are invited to provide input about the conceptual designs and priority locations for different types of improvements.

    The meeting will take place virtually on Wednesday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. Please register at the following link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1945779753428878350.

    For more information, visit somervillema.gov/pearlstreet or email transportation@somervillema.gov.

    Interpretation into Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Kreyol, or Nepali may be available upon advance request by contacting the SomerViva Office of Immigrant Affairs at somerviva@somervillema.gov or calling 311 at 617-666-3311.

    Persons with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication (i.e., CART, ASL), written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures in order to access the programs, activities, and meetings of the City of Somerville should please contact Nancy Bacci at 617-625-6600 x 2250 or nbacci@somervillema.gov.

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