Discussions about how to improve the interchange at Routes 9 and 495 have been ongoing for a while now. Last night the Planning Board got a look at the latest proposals which were developed after an 18-month study by the state.
The Metrowest Daily News reports Planning Board members expressed some concerns about the design. They also questioned whether there would be any funding to take on the project.
Three lanes of travel on a stretch of Rte. 9 in Southborough and new ramps elevated by bridges are among $130 million worth of state suggestions to improve the I-495/Rte. 9 interchange unveiled to the Planning Board Monday night.
“Expense is the primary obstacle for something like this,” state Department of Transportation Project Manager Calli Cenizal told board members, who inquired as to whether funding for any of the projects could reasonably be expected in the next five or so years.
The interchange has long been a priority of the state’s Central Mass. Metropolitan Planning Organization, Cenizal said, however has been removed from a long-range plan of the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization.
The federally mandated MPOs decide which road projects to undertake and when, and since the interchange straddles the turf of both organizations, securing funding could be difficult.
Read more in this article by the Metrowest Daily News.