FITCHBURG- Mayor Stephen L. DiNatale, the Department of Public Works, and the Community Development and Planning Department would like to inform the public of an upcoming traffic pattern change on Main Street and Boulder Drive.
Boulder Drive, in its entirety, and Main Street from Day to Central Streets, will be converted from one-way to two-way traffic. This change will take place on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 6:00 AM.
Currently, Boulder Drive and Main Street function as one-way roadways through downtown. Under the current layout, high speeds on Main and Boulder are counter to a pedestrian-friendly environment. At the same time, during the evening commute, with no other westbound option, thru-traffic creates a log-jam. Multiple studies have called for a conversion to two-way travel, to slow traffic, ease congestion and be more pedestrian-friendly.
This conversion will include a series of important changes. On the western intersection of Main and Boulder, roughly at Main and Central Street, a new intersection has been created to facilitate the two-way conversion. At the eastern intersection of Main and Boulder,just east of the intersection of Main and Day, changes were made to accommodate traffic entering Boulder Drive westbound. Putnam Street includes two new traffic signals, at its intersections with Main and Boulder, and both Oliver Street (from Main to Elm) and Putnam Street (in its entirety) will also be converted to two-way traffic.
Throughout the project area, pedestrian safety enhancements have been developed to enhance the pedestrian experience, including new crosswalks, sidewalks, and lighting and wheelchair ramps. Cushing Street has been closed to vehicle traffic, and will be converted into a pedestrian plaza. Parking has been removed on Boulder Drive, to accommodate a bike lane and emergency vehicle access.
Parking changes will accompany this conversion. Parking meters will be removed along this stretch of Main Street, and will transition to free, time-limited parking. 2-hour free parking will now also be permitted on the Boulder Drive entrance to the Mill Street parking garage. This is intended to compensate for the parking lost on Boulder Drive.
This work was unde1taken through a MassWorks grant from the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development and a Complete Streets grant from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, supplemented by City Funding. Fitchburg Contractor P.J. Albert Inc. was the general contractor on the work.
The project was administered by the Community Development Department and overseen by the Department of Public Works. We are asking the public to please be patient and use caution as the City adapts to this change.
Please contact the Mayor's Office for any questions about this project.