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PROJECT BACKGROUND

In 2001, a MassDOT highway design study proposed alternatives for this interchange that best improved traffic flow and safety, but would have required significant private property takings. This design study was suspended in September 2002, as many citizens, during the public meetings, expressed major concerns with the potential takings. To ensure a better process going forward, a new planning study was recommended in consultation with an advisory task force, which would take a fresh look at the interchange area - beginning with a clean slate and a renewed commitment to an open, comprehensive, and inclusive public process.

Final Report Cover

In September 2004, the MassDOT Office of Transportation Planning conducted that study working closely with an advisory task force that evaluated transportation issues at the I-93/I-95 Interchange in the Towns of Reading and Stoneham and the City of Woburn. The study began with the preparation of goals, objectives, and evaluation criteria; an analysis of noise measurements; and the identification of issues to be addressed. Short-term and long-term alternatives were developed, followed by the screening of each against four basic criteria - lessens congestion, improves safety, avoids takings, and provides local access. A detailed analysis of the remaining alternatives was conducted, leading to the creation of a recommended plan (See Final Report Recommendations Section).



PLANNING STUDY INTERCHANGE TASK FORCE

March 2007 Meeting Announcement

The I-93/I-95 Interchange Task Force (ITF) was formed in 2002. The group established a forum for community involvement and provided a "sounding board" throughout the study. Specifically, the group was involved in the development of the scope of work, consultant selection process, and each phase of the study.

The Interchange Task Force included federal and state agencies, state legislators, local elected officials from the towns of Reading and Stoneham and the City of Woburn, community members, and interested organizations. Community groups on the Task Force include THAG (Tri-Community Highway Action Group) and PRESERVE (Protect Residential Environments with Sensible Engineering and Residents' Voices). See Appendix A from the final report to view all the meeting summaries from the full task force and its subcommittees

In addition to the ITF meetings, there were three public informational meetings held at key study milestones for MassDOT to present the latest information and to receive and consider more comments from the general public.

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