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State plans $1b makeover of turnpike in Boston

January 11, 2019

BOSTON (AP) — State transportation officials are eyeing a major reconstruction of a portion of the Massachusetts Turnpike in Boston.

The estimated $1.1 billion project would replace an aging viaduct and put a now-elevated section of the highway at ground level. At the same time, the plan calls for a portion of Soldiers Field Road that is now at ground level would flow over the turnpike on a new viaduct.

The Boston Globe reports the plan would allow for a new train station and development of land owned by Harvard University in the Allston-Brighton neighborhood. Officials say it could also create more green space along the Charles River and give bicyclists and pedestrians more room.

Construction isn’t expected for at least several more years, but it will almost certain cause major traffic disruptions.

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