DCR to Review Road Surface Improvements to Storrow Drive

By Dan Murphy

In the coming weeks, the Department of Conservation and Recreation will begin reviewing surface improvements to Storrow Drive and the Storrow Drive Tunnel, said DCR spokesman Troy Wall.

The state agency will work with the Waltham engineering firm Simpson Gumpertz & Heger to improve bicycle and pedestrian access between the Charles River Esplanade and the adjacent neighborhood.

“As the agency looks towards the future regarding the Storrow Drive Tunnel, the DCR will work with the community, legislators, local organizations and other stakeholders to solicit public input on how walkways to and from the Charles River Esplanade may best serve commuters and park visitors,” Wall wrote in an e-mail.

Wall added that the review might have “design implications” that would impact the surrounding area including the Arthur Fiedler Footbridge.

“Built in 1953, the Arthur Fiedler Footbridge does contain some structurally deficient components that the DCR continues to monitor,” Wall wrote. “Currently, the footbridge is safe to utilize for pedestrians and cyclists alike.”

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