Broadway Road Improvement Plan

OVERVIEW

The purpose of the Broadway Road Improvement Plan is to help the corridor evolve into a business and pedestrian-friendly environment. To that end, the major goals of the project are to:

  1. Develop roadway alternatives that show potential landscape, streetscape, and multi-modal transportation improvements for the City to implement
  2. Submit a final project for consideration on the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Transportation Improvement Program*

*The Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is responsible for conducting the federally required metropolitan transportation planning process for the Boston metropolitan area. The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is the five-year rolling capital plan for the 97 cities and towns in the Boston MPO planning area. The TIP documents all transportation projects that will receive federal funding in the region over the next five years.

PROJECT STATUS

As of 8/2/22, the team has completed an existing conditions analysis of the Broadway corridor. This included a topographical survey, an inventory and assessment of existing drainage & sanitary sewer structures, pavement probes, and traffic counts. This information is critical towards understanding what reconstruction work is necessary to improve the roadway. It will also help inform the work of the City's Engineering Department for future utility projects that take place along Broadway.

The team has also started analyzing traffic counts to determine feasible conceptual designs for the roadway. For example, an overarching comment made by residents is that they would like the corridor to be more pedestrian-friendly. Reducing or narrowing vehicle lanes is a proven way to calm vehicle traffic and make a roadway more comfortable for pedestrians. The analyses conducted will determine what roadway reconfigurations are feasible before presenting them to the community.

Once conceptual renderings of the roadway alternatives are created, the City will engage directly with residents to receive feedback on the various options. This work is planned for Fall 2022. 

BACKGROUND

OSPCD received a $200,000 Transportation Planning Grant from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in 2021 to develop a Broadway Road Improvement Plan. This work builds off the findings of the Broadway Corridor Framework Plan, which was completed in Fall 2020. The City of Malden entered into a contract with BSC Group, Inc. for this project in September 2021 and the project kicked off in November 2021. Please note that this project is separate from the Broadway Corridor Land Use and Zoning Study. The two projects overlap because transportation and zoning are inherently related, so findings from both studies will inform the other.