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Challenge
  • Provide multimodal connections in a thriving business district
Our Solutions
  • Design of Third Street connector to Main Street, including new signal system
  • Provisions for a contraflow bicycle lane & future 2-stage left-turn boxes
  • Signage & striping plans for Main Street to accommodate bicycles, vehicles, parking, loading deliveries, public transportation & private shuttles
  • Speed & gap study to warrant removal of a pedestrian signal with little compliance, replace by other pedestrian amenities
  • Design of Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (HAWK) as part of a city "gateway" design effort

Kendall Square Main Street Design

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City of Cambridge, Middlesex County, MA
  • Kendall Square Main Street Design by McMahon Associates
  • Kendall Square Main Street Design by McMahon Associates
  • Kendall Square Main Street Design by McMahon Associates
  • Kendall Square Main Street Design by McMahon Associates
  • Kendall Square Main Street Design by McMahon Associates
  • Kendall Square Main Street Design by McMahon Associates
  • Kendall Square Main Street Design by McMahon Associates
  • Kendall Square Main Street Design by McMahon Associates
  • Kendall Square Main Street Design by McMahon Associates
  • Kendall Square Main Street Design by McMahon Associates
  • Kendall Square Main Street Design by McMahon Associates
  • Kendall Square Main Street Design by McMahon Associates
  • Kendall Square Main Street Design by McMahon Associates

As part of a multi-disciplinary team, McMahon guided the data collection and technical analysis for transportation improvements for the Kendall Square—Central Square (K2C2) Master Plan and Main Street design. McMahon’s work included analysis of a new street connection to improve transit connections and access to Main Street. McMahon developed a range of options to accommodate traffic and bus service, while prioritizing pedestrian and bicycle access. In addition, McMahon also completed a critical sums analysis of thirteen intersections as a planning tool to assist the city in evaluating a 20-year buildout scenario. The final design plans prepared by the team to reconstruct Main Street include a new connection to Third Street. McMahon designed the traffic signal to accommodate the connection, including a cycle track, bike boxes (exclusive bicycle waiting area located ahead of a vehicle stop bar) and a contraflow bike lane. McMahon developed the curbuse plan including removal of a pedestrian signal, and allocation of space for MBTA bus stops, private shuttle locations and loading and deliveries.

Click HERE to check out the City of Cambridge site on the project.