Muddy River restoration work to start in fall

Muddy River restoration work, including the “daylighting” of a buried section of river under the Sears Rotary, will begin around Oct. 1, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Corps today announced it has awarded a nearly $31 million construction contract to Charter Environmental of Boston to perform the work.

The three-year first phase of the project will have significant traffic impacts on the Longwood Medical Area. It will include installing some new culverts and dredging much of the river in the Riverway parkland, as well as redesigning roadways around the rotary at Park Drive and the Riverway.

The project is intended to reduce flooding that has plagued the silted-up river.

Future phases of the project will cover the Jamaica Plain end of the river, which runs between Jamaica Pond and the Charles River.

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