Western Avenue “Complete Streets” Reconstruction

Project Highlights

  • #1 Bicycle Track in the US, 2015, People for Bikes
  • Design Merit Award, 2017, Boston Society of Landscape Architects
  • Multimodal Design
  • Complete Streets
  • Integrated Green Infrastructure

Western Avenue operates as a critical connection between Central Square and the Charles River in Cambridge. Halvorson had a major role in reinvigorating the streetscape as a “complete streets” project featuring an innovative stormwater system.

The integrated design strategy improves pedestrian circulation and introduces a buffered bike lane to create a bustling, multi-modal street.

Vibrant planting, street trees, improved lighting, and seating elements provide enjoyable spaces for the community, while the redesign of Cronin Park and other parklets and the integration of interpretive art installations create a sense of place that celebrates the history of the neighborhood.

The Halvorson team worked closely with the City and multi-disciplinary team to complete an extensive public process, achieving the objective of supporting all users, including walkers, cyclists, bus riders, and drivers.


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