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Shining New Light Underneath the I-93 Viaduct

Jan 17, 2014

Projected light images of bicyclists, cars, and pedestrians were installed under the Interstate 93 viaduct between Traveler and East Berkeley Streets in the South End on Friday. The installation creates an active and safe environment that encourages pedestrian and cyclist activity, and strengthens the connection between the South End and South Boston. The identification of the area under Interstate 93 as a site for this type of light installation as well as vehicle parking was first made during the BRA led Harrison Albany Corridor Strategic Plan, which was completed in January 2012.
The land under the overpass is owned by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), and was formerly used for storage of equipment and materials related to highway and tunnel maintenance. During the BRA planning study stakeholders on both sides of I-93 expressed interest in reuse of the site.
The total project cost of the art installation and parking creation is $2.5 million and is being funded by MassDOT, and $250,000 in public benefit monies from the development of a new residential building located nearby at 275 Albany Street. The new parking lots planned for the underpass are expected to be active this spring and will be staffed 24-hours a day. A third lot between Herald and Traveler streets is slated to be developed as Phase 2 of the project and will include green space, connections to the Harborwalk, and parking.

A video about the installation is available on


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