Council Subcommittee to Vote on Recommendation for Mt. Auburn Street Project

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A recommendation for how to renovate Mt. Auburn Street will be discussed and likely approved by the Town Council’s Public Works Committee on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. 

The Department of Public Works has been discussing proposals to repave and renovate the major artery through Watertown for several years, and has had a number of public meetings over the last year to share ideas for how the street will look.

Proposals have included reducing the number of travel lanes from two to one in many places, putting right turn lanes at key intersections and adding bicycle lanes for most of the length of the roadway.

The project will ultimately have to be approved by the full Town Council.

See coverage of the Mt. Auburn Street here:

Latest Plans for Mt. Auburn St. Show One Travel Lane Most of the Length

Public Sees Visions for Renovation Coolidge Square, Weighs In on Project

Concerns Raised About Narrowing Mt. Auburn St. & Making it Safer for Bikes

Documents from the previous meetings can be viewed here:

The Town sent out the following announcement about the meeting:

The Public Works Subcommittee of the Town Council has scheduled a meeting:

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
Town Hall, Administration Building
Richard E. Mastrangelo Council Chamber
149 Main Street, Watertown MA

At this meeting, the Committee on Public Works will make a recommendation regarding the Mount Auburn Street Project to the Town Council. The meeting notice is available on the Town’s website.

For more information about the project, visit the website: Email us at with any comments regarding the project.

2 thoughts on “Council Subcommittee to Vote on Recommendation for Mt. Auburn Street Project

  1. What happened to the idea of doing a trial marking of the street?
    Where the proposed new single car lanes, bike lanes, turn lanes and reduced parking areas are laid out and we can get realistic experience and feedback.
    With such a big change it seems irresponsible not to do a trial run.

  2. I don’t recall any mention of a trial marking of the stretch of Mt. Auburn St
    located in Watertown (would be a good idea). They were planning on having
    a trial marking of Mt. Auburn St. from Belmont St to Fresh Pond Parkway
    for the dedicated bus lanes. That was supposed to happen sometime in May
    or June, but has yet to materialize. I can’t even begin to imagine the nightmare
    of a mess that’s going to create, especially with vehicles making a left turn into
    the Star market parking lot.

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