The Globe’s I-93 off-ramp
Boston 2024’s initial plan for transforming the area around UMass Boston into an Olympic Athlete’s Village included a new on-and-off ramp to I-93 that would have cut right through the southern portion of the Boston Globe‘s property on Morrissey Boulevard.
A map on page 27 of the key venue plan shows a new entrance and egress ramp just north of Savin Hill that clearly encroaches on the Globe‘s property. The design has some appeal. The new highway entrance replaces the existing one at Columbia Road and makes it possible to dispense with the often traffic-clogged roundabout at the intersection of Columbia Road and Morrissey Boulevard. The new ramp also dumps traffic coming from the highway right at the front door of UMass Boston.
But Globe officials weren’t pleased. Globe CEO Mike Sheehan called Boston 2024 CEO Richard Davey to ask what was going on, and Davey apparently told him the proposed ramp was no longer being considered. Davey, a former state transportation secretary and general manager of the T, took over as CEO of Boston 2024 in late January. (The Boston Herald reports that John Henry, the owner of the Globe, was once being eyed as a member of the Boston 2024 board.)
Kyle Sullivan, a 2024 spokesman, said the plans submitted to the US Olympic Committee in December were always viewed as preliminary in nature. “Updated plans are being crafted with input from impacted communities and stakeholders and will be consistent with the future development goals of the city,” he said in a statement. “The off ramp in question is no longer being considered as part of the plan for the Athlete’s Village.”
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