Quincy, Mass. – State officials were scheduled to break ground this week on a safety project designed to eliminate a high-crash section of the Burgin Parkway in Quincy, Mass., an economically distressed city south of Boston. Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray and Secretary of Transportation and Public Works Bernard Cohen were slated to host groundbreaking for the project, a result of a successful joint public-private effort.
E.T.&L. Corp. of Stow, Mass., has a $16-million contract for the project, located near the intersection of three major highways — Interstate 93, Route 128 and Route 3. Improvements entail three phases of construction to alleviate traffic congestion at the intersection of Burgin Parkway and Centre Street, a busy local thoroughfare. Work includes the construction of a new bridge, a ramp, and reconstruction of several intersections. The distressed area, consisting of commercial, industrial and office developments, is labeled an economic target by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, with the construction project aiming to improve access to the Crown Colony section of the city and boost its development potential.
One of the additional goals of the project is to minimize traffic merge and weave operations of vehicles traveling on the Burgin Parkway, ramps to the highways and an exit ramp from the area’s MBTA rapid transit passenger station. Officials believe the revamped segments of roadway will substantially reduce the large number of traffic accidents in the area. One traffic analysis revealed that in a two-year period the site experienced 69 accidents, with 39 involving property damage, 29 involving bodily injury, and one resulting in a fatality.