Newton and Needham are thisclose to obtaining funding that would finally address traffic issues along Needham Street in Newton and Highland Ave. in Needham.

The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization, the regional body that oversees how our some of our federal gas tax dollars are allocated, must decide whether or not to fund the Needham Street project or use the funds for a competing project.

The full Needham Street/Highland Ave redesign is estimated to cost $14 million. Newton and Needham recently received a $3.3 million state MassWorks grant for Needham to begin work between First and Second avenues and for Newton to reconfigure the intersection around Oak and Christina streets. This request would be to provide the remaining funds for the project.

Write or email the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization and ask them to fund the Newton-Needham corridor project.. Letters should be sent to:

David Mohler, Chair, Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization

State Transportation Building
10 Park Plaza, Suite 2150
Boston, MA 02116-3968

Public comment can also be sent to [email protected]

Letters and emails are due by Thursday July 30.

Here’s the presentation from early this year outlining the proposed changes.

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