LMA—Road work in the Park Drive rotary area will begin later this month in support of the Muddy River restoration project, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Around the week of March 25, crews will begin relocating the exit of the Landmark Center parking lot from Brookline Avenue to Park Drive. There also will be some lane closures on Park Drive and the Riverway for project prep work.
The prep work is expected to wrap up in June. In July, work to replace a culvert under Brookline Avenue will begin and major traffic changes also will begin. Inbound Brookline Avenue traffic between the Fenway and Park Drive will be one-way, and outbound traffic aiming to get to Brookline Avenue in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area will have to go around the rotary.
The project eventually will redesign traffic flow permanently in the area, including removal of the Park Drive “jug-handle” turnaround.
The project is intended to reduce flooding that has plagued the silted-up river and clean up pollution and invasive plant species. Parts of the river that currently flow underground will be “daylighted,” or exposed to view, including in the rotary.
For project updates, contact the Corps of Engineers at [email protected]