Route 39 improvement project set to start

The repeatedly delayed Route 39 bus improvement project is set to begin soon, according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo.

The Route 39 bus is slated to undergo several changes, including the consolidation of some stops and improved amenities like new shelters and benches and “bump-out” curb extensions. The project is meant to speed service and improve accessibility.

One place where Mission Hill residents will notice a change is at 360 Huntington Ave., where new shelters will be installed on the inbound and outbound sides.

Pesaturo said in an email to the Gazette on May 9 that the “notice to proceed was just issued” and that “the contractor will provide a schedule and start work in the next two weeks.” The work is expected to be completed in September.

The project, which will also affect several other bus routes that use the same stops, has been postponed several times. The latest delay was when the MBTA pushed the start of construction from last winter to this spring.

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