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June 28, 2013

Traffic Changes Expected Due to Muddy River Restoration Project

Starting in early August, traffic patterns will be temporarily altered at the intersection of Brookline Avenue and The Fenway, located across from Emmanuel's campus, as part of the ongoing Muddy River Restoration Project.

During this phase of construction, traffic coming down Brookline Avenue or Boylston Street outbound that want to continue down Brookline Avenue to the Longwood Medical and Academic Area will need to travel around the rotary between Brookline Avenue, The Riverway and along The Fenway. New traffic signals will be installed to ease the congestion that occurs when traffic traveling down Park Drive from Boston attempts to merge with traffic exiting The Riverway from Brookline.  

In January 2013, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the city of Boston, the town of Brookline and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began a two-phase environmental restoration project on the Muddy River, located across The Fenway from Emmanuel College. The project includes improvements to protect against flooding as well as environmental and aesthetic improvements to ensure the Muddy River's continued health and prosperity.

Project Features:

  • Flood protection
  • New landscaping and crossways
  • Improved traffic patterns
  • Daylighting of river across from Emmanuel College • Preservation and restoration of shorelines

As part of this project, starting on Tuesday, April 30th, testing will be conducted for load carrying capacity, and this testing will involve a short duration loud bang sound. The sound will last less than one second, with three tests a day until May 10th. Given the events of the past two weeks, we will be alerting our community of this test using our RAVE emergency communications system.

For more information about the project and for on-going updates, please visit:

History of the Muddy River:

The 3.5 mile-long Muddy River is a series of brooks and ponds that runs through Boston's famed Emerald Necklace, a 1,100-acre chain of parks and waterways designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in the late 19th century. The river runs from Jamaica Pond to the Charles River. Its history is also intertwined with that of Emmanuel College's; famed architects Maginnis & Walsh, who designed the Administration Building, shared with Olmsted the philosophy of the Picturesque movement, a romantic view of architecture that emphasized harmony with landscapes.