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Route 126 Downtown Rdwy Improvement Project

Downtown Rdwy Project graphic.JPGDowntown Plan for the Future

The Town is committed to revitalizing the Downtown. Through a series of integrated projects, the Town seeks to improve the utility infrastructure, the traffic flow, the pedestrian and bicycle environment, the streetscape, and the overall visual appeal of the downtown area.  These efforts are designed to spur economic development and improve the quality of life for those that live, work, shop and commute through the Downtown.

Project Summary 

 Project Links

 Existing Condition Reports
 TM #1 –Surface Conditions/Deficiencies
 TM #2 – Existing and Potential Improvements
 TM #3 – Traffic Operations
 TM #4 – Lighting

Levels/Deficiencies/Operations Street


 Streetscape Concepts
 Concord St/Union Ave Intersection
 Hollis St/Irving Intersection
 Typical Concord Street Treatment
 Park Street Common
 Pavement and Crosswalks
 Planters and Tree Grates
 Street Lights
 Street Furniture
 Downtown Improvement Plan Presentation - March 16th, 2010
 Meeting with the Business Owners March 11, 2010- English Version
 Meeting with the Business Owners March 11, 2010- Portuguese Version
 Board of Selectmen February 9th, 2010
 Downtown Rail Crossing Project
 Financial Update
The Route 126 (Concord Street) Downtown Roadway Improvement Project will include transportation and streetscape improvements.  The majority of the work will take place on Route 126 (Concord Street-Hollis Street) from just north of Lincoln Street to just south of Irving Street.  Also included will be portions of Union Avenue, Irving Street, Park Street, Howard Street, and the Downtown Common.  The work will include new ornamental traffic signals at the Concord Street/Union Avenue and Hollis Street/Irving Street intersections, and upgraded traffic signals at the Concord Street/Lincoln Street, Concord Street/Howard Street and Concord Street/Waverley Street intersections.  The work will also include rehabilitation/reconstruction of roadway pavement, construction/reconstruction of sidewalks, installation of curbing, storm water collection system improvements, and ornamental street lighting.  Anticipated streetscape improvements will include special sidewalk and crosswalk treatments, street trees and street furniture such as planters and benches.

Project Objectives

  • Integrate and improve traffic flows in the Downtown.

  • Improve environment for pedestrians and bicycles.

    Identify public infrastructure improvements that will leverage private investments.

    Revitalize our Central Business District within the context of a long term vision/plan.

    Support the vision for traffic and urban design plans for the Downtown presented by Cecil/Beta.

  • Visual improvement and streetscape designs.



  • Complete 25% design in the summer of 2010.

  • Complete the final design in early 2011.

  • Construction, to be managed by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, is anticipated to commence in 2011 and be completed in 2012.


Please submit any comments on this project to the Director of Community and Economic Development via regular mail or email:

Division of Community & Economic Development
Memorial Building
150 Concord Street, Room B2
Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 532-5455

Any comments of the downtown utility work that will be occurring this construction season should be directed to the Department of Public Works, Capital Program Office at (508) 532-6040.

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