Existing Conditions / Background Information
The Riverway and Olmsted Park are part of the Emerald Necklace, a 19th century linear park system designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. The parks offer many recreational opportunities and are widely used by bicyclists and pedestrians as a path of travel. The Riverway and Olmsted Park are separated by Route 9 (Washington Street in Brookline and Huntington Avenue in Boston).
The current condition for bicyclists and pedestrians traveling between the Riverway and Olmsted Park is through a break in the median on Washington Street at Pond Avenue and River Road in Brookline. The crossing does not have any signage, pavement markings, or traffic control devices.
The Town of Brookline would like to explore safety and connectivity options at this connection and the need to develop a preferred alternative that could be advanced to develop a final design solution which will:
Increase the connection between the Emerald Necklace Parks included in the project area
Improve the ability of pedestrians and bicycles to cross Route 9 (Washington Street)
Reduce confusion and improve the overall circulation of all modes
Make the area more attractive and livable
Construction Documents would then be prepared and be advertised for construction under the Massachusetts Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
The town will also seek conceptual designs for the Brookline Avenue, Parkway Road and Netherlands Road crossings in the Riverway, including the associated bicycle and pedestrian pathway connections between them and treatment of the historic landscape.