Joint Framingham Public Works/MWRTA/MBTA Project
Framingham Public Works, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) and the Metro West Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA), is engaged in the next phase of the Framingham Downtown Improvements. This work comes on the heels of the coordinated investment of more than 55 million dollars in infrastructure improvements in the downtown by the Town of Framingham, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Department of Transportation, Eversource Gas, Eversource Electric, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, and the MetroWest Regional Transportation Authority.
This estimated 1.6 million dollar project is funded entirely by the MBTA, through the MWRTA, is being designed and constructed by the Department of Public Works through its contracted services program.
The project will redesign and improve the existing MBTA Parking lot located at the end of Franklin Street and will provide more than 220 additional spaces in the newly designed area adjacent to the existing parking now known as the “banana” lot. Improving pedestrian connectivity to and from the commuter rail system is the central goal of this project and these redesigned pedestrian amenities are intended to enhance both the safety and the ease of access to the site. Site improvements will include ADA compliant access points, street and parking lot lighting, directional signage for way finding, on site staffing facilities, and critical stormwater conveyance improvements to the adjacent areas.
This construction of this parking area is made possible through the joint cooperation of the MBTA, CSX, and Keolis and it is anticipated that it will be completed in the summer of 2017.
Public infrastructure projects in and around the downtown of Framingham that serve to enable and encourage the redevelopment opportunities continue to be a priority of the Town of Framingham and its Department of Public Works.
The site was engineered, cleaned and significantly cleared in advance of the construction.
Electrical and communication conduit was installed under two railway crossings and a crossing signal gate foundation and base was installed at the entrance to the new lot.
Significant stormwater improvements, in accordance with new state guidelines, were installed.
Next, electrical conduit will be installed for the new street lights and street lights installed. In the Spring, the final paving will take place.