WalkBoston, AgeStrong Commission Contribute to Age-Friendly Street Design in Boston

May 18, 2022

WalkBoston reports that the City of Boston is currently designing the complete reconstruction of Cummins Highway in Mattapan and they are calling out the project as Age-Friendly Cummins Highway.

This project builds on years of age-friendly walking work by WalkBoston that has included walk audits and partnerships with local advocates, the Disability Commission, and others. Engagement between staff from the City’s Age Strong Commission and the Public Works Department was also critical. In an April, the two city departments met to discuss the upcoming reconstruction of Cummins Highway where the DPW learned about “Age-Friendly Boston” and discussed street design strategies that support healthy aging. The meeting continued with a focus about specific aspects of the Cummins Highway reconstruction project that incorporate age-friendly street design.

The project will include a total rebuild of the street, including sidewalks, curbs, street lights, traffic signals, road pavement, and replacement or updating of utilities with a project budget of approximately $24 million.