Transportation Planning | Drive, Bike, Walk
Watertown's Transportation Network
Watertown is a densely populated community with approximately 31,000 people within 4.1 square miles. Watertown's transportation network has allowed the community to grow from a Colonial center of trade and farming in the 1600 and 1700s into an industrial center in the late 1800s and early to mid-twentieth century. The road system was expanded and improved to address the housing boom of the 1920s-and 1930s, as well as the more recent growth in housing after World War II.
Today, Watertown has a transportation network of approximately 80 miles of roads in what is primarily a built-out community. The network has served the community well despite the challenges of working with historic paths, which provided a basis for the current system. Watertown is now working on implementing innovative transportation improvements for better safety and more mobility of residents while considering its part in the regional network.
|Orchard & Common St Intersection||A project to improve the intersection at Orchard Street, Common Street, and Church Street by developing a traffic circle.||Initial Design|
|Belmont St Corridor||A Belmont project that will improve Belmont Street along the entire length of Watertown from Trapelo Road to Mt Auburn Street.||Construction Phase|
|Charles River Connectivity Study||A DCR project looking at bicycle and pedestrian connectivity issues within the Charles River Basin, including the Charles River Greenway from Watertown Square to Cambridge along the river.||Completed|
|Community Path Project||A proposed multi-use path along the former rail corridor connecting DCR's Watertown Greenway through Watertown Square to the Pleasant St corridor and the Charles River.||Proposed|
|Main St Corridor||This series of improvements proposed for Main St from Moxley Field west to the Town line is proposed in two phases with Bike Lanes installed first and Bump-Outs at a later date.||2012/Phased|
|MBTA Bus Routes||The MBTA has looked at the bus routes which service Watertown and have proposed some modifications to stop location and size
|Mt Auburn St Corridor||This study considers options for road improvements (bike lanes, etc.) for Mt Auburn St. from Mt Auburn Cemetery to Summer St.
|Watertown Greenway||DCR built the first phase of a greenway that is planned to connect Watertown and the Charles River to Fresh Pond & Alewife and the regional greenway system.||Phase I complete, Phase II planning|
|Waverly Avenue Corridor||This rehabilitation project for the Waverly Avenue Corridor included raised intersections for safer street crossings at the Middle School and at Linear Park (part of the Community Path Project).||Completed|
- Bicycle-Pedestrian Committee - Works on bicycle and pedestrian planning in Watertown
- Department of Public Works (DPW) - Provides all aspects of road rights of way (ROW) maintenance and improvements
- Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) - Owns and manages the Charles River Greenway and is working on the Watertown Greenway
- Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) - Provides the regional transit servicing Watertown and the greater Boston area
- Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) - MAPC has done regional bicycle and pedestrian plans
- Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) - Provides transportation planning for the greater Boston region
- Massachusetts Department of Transportation Planning (MassDOT) - The Planning Office of MassDOT works on planning for all modes of transportation