Talbot Avenue Station Project
The proposed Talbot Avenue Station would be located approximately six city blocks from the Codman Square business district. The station would be closer to the square than the existing Ashmont Station on the Red Line Rapid Transit System.
The station will consist of approximately 800-foot long high-level platforms in order to facilitate direct platform-to-coach boarding. The platforms will include detectable warning strips, new canopies, passenger shelters, benches/windscreens, wayfinding signage, graphic panels, a train approach warning system, variable message signs, and high non-glare lighting. The station will also be equipped with closed circuit television (CCTV) video surveillance cameras, police emergency call box systems, and public telephones. There is an unused MBTA parcel of land at the corner of Talbot Avenue and Norwell Street adjacent to the inbound platform entrance that will provide off street minimal parking and a drop-off/pick-up area.
Due to the elevated track structure through the site, vertical access points to the platforms need to be addressed. Constructing new concrete sloped walkways and ramps will provide full access to both the inbound and outbound platforms for all passengers. North end platform access points will also be constructed from Park Street and West Park Street.
The project will also consist of the reconstruction of the Talbot Avenue and Woodrow Avenue Railroad Bridges. The bridge work includes, but not limited to, demolition of existing structures, construction of new steel bridge spans, construction of new reinforced concrete bridge piers, support of existing utilities, grading, drainage, traffic management, signal and power line relocations along the right-of-way, and preparation of new railroad track bed subgrades. Lighting systems will be installed on the bridge abutments in order to illuminate the areas under the bridge.
Existing sidewalks along Talbot Avenue from Norwell Street to Westcott Street will be reconstructed within the immediate vicinity of the station entrances and new wheelchair ramps will be constructed at the adjacent roadway intersections.
The construction work commenced in November 2010 and is expected to be completed by Fall/Winter, 2012.
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