Construction workers are beginning to get the start of a giant “street” that will link Boston’s financial district and downtown.
Construction on the “street-based” infrastructure, called a “structure,” is already underway, and the project is expected to open next year.
The $3 billion project will link the “Stadium Square” project, where the stadium sits, to the East End.
Construction began last fall, and it’s scheduled to be completed in 2024.
“I was working on a project for the World Series and I just couldn’t keep it under wraps,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said at the ribbon cutting ceremony last week.
“It’s a great way to put the spotlight on this area, which has been neglected for decades.
Now, we have the chance to put it on the map and put it back in the spotlight.”
The “Structure” will consist of nine levels.
Each of the nine levels is linked to a separate “street,” with new streets added every few years to provide greater connectivity to the new infrastructure.
There are plans for a “new-school” pedestrian bridge that will connect each of the new streets to the “stadium.”
The first phase of the project, which includes $1.5 billion for the East Village neighborhood, will also include a “community plaza” on the site of the “champagne bar” at the top of the structure.
The plaza is designed to provide a new public space for people to gather, and a “green space” for people who want to walk, cycle, skate, or use the public sidewalks.
“People are not going to see it until they see it in the next six months,” said Walsh.
“But we’re excited to see what the people of the East and West End can come together and say, ‘I want to be able to have this public space.'”
The “street infrastructure” will include “street lighting” that would illuminate the entire structure, and street lamps that will be placed around the perimeter of the structures.
One of the most important features of the $3.5 million project is that the street infrastructure will be self-sustaining, meaning that the building materials, materials, and electricity will be reused and reused again.
Construction is expected be completed by 2021.