Route 1 corridor study—dedham

May 28, 2020


Proposed Motion

The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) votes to approve this work program.

Project Identification

Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) Classification

Agency and Other Client Transportation Planning Studies and Technical Analyses

Project Number 23330


Town of Dedham
Client Supervisor: Jeremy Rosenberger

Project Supervisors

Principal: Mark Abbott
Manager: Seth Asante

Funding Source

Town of Dedham

Schedule and Budget

Schedule: Twelve months from notice to proceed

Budget: $120,593

Schedule and budget details are shown in Exhibits 1 and 2, respectively.

Relationship to MPO Work

This studyis supported in full with non-MPO funding. Committing MPO staff to this project will not impinge on the quality or timeliness of MPO-funded work.



The town of Dedham has been awarded a grant by the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism to fund a study of the Route 1 (VFW Parkway and Providence Highway) in West Roxbury, Boston, and Dedham. The study area for this corridor study is Route 1 from the intersection of Route 109/Spring Street and VFW Parkway in Boston to the Marine Rotary at Washington Street in Dedham. This section of Route 1 was designed primarily as a relatively high-speed vehicle corridor. The existing development, future potential development, and redevelopment adjacent to the corridor requires a relook at the corridor’s design to address multimodal transportation and safety needs.

A roadway corridor study is a logical way to address regional multimodal transportation and safety needs since it evaluates a roadway corridor or arterial segment comprehensively, considering the goals of the community, needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, public transportation users, and roadway abutters. An additional key aspect to conducting a study of the corridor is public involvement; getting public input is essential in developing successful improvements. This study uses this approach to analyze the issues.

Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) will develop short- and long-term recommendations for improvements within the roadway’s right-of-way. The intent is to improve the roadway corridor so that it is safe for people to access shops, schools, transit stations, and recreational areas, support existing and future development, and help the community meet its broader transportation and growth goals.


  1. Identify the safety, mobility, access, and other transportation-related issues within the corridor segment.
  2. Develop and evaluate solutions to the problems identified in objective one; maintain and modernize the roadway; use the existing roadway more efficiently; and increase transportation options, particularly for vulnerable road users, including pedestrians, transit riders, bicyclists, and those with limited mobility.

Work Description

For this work program, CTPS will perform the following tasks:


Task 1  Establish an Advisory Committee

CTPS and Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) staff, the Town of Dedham, and the City of Boston will establish an advisory committee composed of municipal officials, adjacent property owners, and others (to be identified). The Advisory Committee will include representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Highway Division, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the Army Corp of Engineers, the City of Boston, and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). These stakeholders will advise CTPS about the study areas and data sources; help identify transportation-related problems; and help develop multimodal transportation solutions and recommendations. Either the Town of Dedham or other entities mentioned previously will implement the recommendations from this study; therefore, it is important that these recommendations reflect those entities’ experiences, and align with MassDOT design standards.

Products of Task 1


Task 2  Technical Analysis

Task 2 consists of collecting and gathering data for evaluating existing conditions and conducting analysis for identifying problems and needs of the corridor.

Subtask 2.1  Collect and Gather Data

CTPS will work with the Advisory Committee and stakeholders to identify relevant data sources, review base materials and previous studies to identify problems and needs, relevant data for analyses, missing data that needs to be collected, and findings and recommendations that need to be considered in the current study. Once the problem locations and gaps in data have been identified, CTPS will gather recent and historical data from existing sources, including databases maintained by the Town of Dedham, City of Boston, MPO, MassDOT Highway Division, MAPC, and the MBTA.

The relevant data will be pulled from existing databases for planning and evaluating roadway improvements such as crashes, traffic volumes, pedestrian and bicycle volumes, transit service data (ridership, boardings/alightings, average delays, etc.), traffic signal control and timing permits, pavement conditions, roadway inventory data, street lighting, and utilities within the right-of-way. Some data that will need to be collected in the field include the following:

Products of Subtask 2.1

Subtask 2.2  Conduct Technical Analysis

The analysis performed in this study will be guided by the vision, goals, and principles identified by the Advisory Committee. Staff will perform the following tasks based on analyses conducted in similar past corridor studies:

Products of Subtask 2.2


Task 3  Recommend Improvements and Conceptual Design

Based on the results of the analyses described above ideas and feedback from the survey, and in consultation with Advisory Committee, CTPS will develop and recommend improvements as follows:

Products of Task 3

Task 4  Document Results

CTPS will submit a draft report on the background of the study, agency and municipal input, identification of problems, data collection, analyses, and recommendations. The document will follow MassDOT Highway Division’s guidelines for preparation of functional design reports as much as possible, taking into consideration the study’s budget.

After receiving comments on the draft report from municipal officials, MassDOT, and other study advisory groups, staff will address these comments and finalize the study report and recommendations.

Products of Task 4

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Exhibit 1
Route 1 Corridor Study - Dedham

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Establish an Advisory Committee
From Month 1, Week 1 to Month 2, Week 2.
Technical Analysis
From Month 1, Week 1 to Month 5, Week 4.
Recommend Improvements and Conceptual Design
From Month 4, Week 1 to Month 12, Week 4.
Document Results
From Month 8, Week 1 to Month 12, Week 4.

Exhibit 2
Route 1 Corridor Study - Dedham

Direct Salary and Overhead


Person-Weeks Direct
M-1 P-5 P-4 P-2 Total
Establish an Advisory Committee
1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 4.0 $6,408 $6,824 $13,232
Technical Analysis
2.0 5.0 3.0 5.5 15.5 $24,125 $25,693 $49,818
Recommend Improvements and Conceptual Design
1.0 4.0 2.0 2.5 9.5 $15,487 $16,493 $31,980
Document Results
2.0 3.0 1.0 1.0 7.0 $12,240 $13,036 $25,276
6.0 13.0 7.0 10.0 36.0 $58,260 $62,046 $120,306

Other Direct Costs



Town of Dedham