Walnut Street Streetscape Enhancements

  • Client

    City of Newton

  • EP’s Role


  • Awards

    Engineering Excellence Bronze Award, American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA), 2022

EP is assisting the City of Newton in a $3 million roadway improvement project along Walnut Street in the heart of Newtonville Village to create a “Complete Street”. The project covers a distance of approximately 2,200 linear feet (0.4 miles) in Newtonville Center from Newtonville Avenue to Newton North High School, and focuses on a re-balance of multi-modal accommodations, place making, and safety improvements.

EP’s support for The City also includes an extensive public outreach process involving residents, business owners, city officials, and boards to determine the proper balance between all modes of transportation. Extensive traffic evaluations and an alternatives analysis were conducted, and several alternatives were conceptually designed for public consumption.

With the goal of reducing travel speeds and improving safety for pedestrians within the Village Center, treatments include wider sidewalks with roadway narrowing, geometric improvements and altered traffic circulation to address a significant crash history, traffic signals, and a combination of bicycle lanes and “sharrow” pavement markings. Selected traffic calming devices include curb extensions, gateway treatments, roadway narrowing, and textured pavements.

The design includes substantial geometry and grading alterations, drainage system enhancements, streetscape, landscape, street lighting, Traffic Management, roadway pavement reconstruction, and ADA compliance. The project also includes the preparation of bid documents including plans, construction estimates and specifications as well as bid and construction phase services.

Key Team Members