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  • Bridge the gap between the bike path and bike lanes along Waverly Street
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  • Pedestrian & bicycle accommodation
  • Multi-use path design
  • Concept design
  • Final design
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Waverly Street Extension Multi-Use Path

New EnglandTraffic & ParkingWalking & Biking
City of Cambridge, Middlesex County, MA
  • Waverly Street Extension Multi-Use Path by McMahon Associates
  • Waverly Street Extension Multi-Use Path by McMahon Associates
  • Waverly Street Extension Multi-Use Path by McMahon Associates
  • Waverly Street Extension Multi-Use Path by McMahon Associates
  • Waverly Street Extension Multi-Use Path by McMahon Associates

As part of an on-call contract to the Cambridge Community Development Department, McMahon completed an existing conditions field analysis and developed concept designs for roadway improvements along Waverly Street Extension, along the western edge of the MIT campus. A preferred alternative was approved, and McMahon completed final design, in accordance with City of Cambridge, MassDOT, AASHTO and MUTCD standards. Although initial concepts sought to provide a roadway between Erie Street and Merriam Street, with an adjacent multi‐use path, observations indicated that the roadway was used by autos exclusively for deliveries and parking. By allowing a small area for deliveries and displacing parking to neighboring lots that are underutilized, the design was streamlined to a multi‐use path only, surrounded by landscape and streetscape. The preferred alternative extends the atmosphere of the existing bike path that runs east of the project area through the M.I.T. Campus, to Erie Street. It also bridges the gap between the bike path and bike lanes along Waverly Street, and a planned bike path/multi-use path along the Grand Junction rail corridor. Construction was completed in 2016.