Subject: I-95 / Route 128

Eli Polonsky
Sun Apr 7 11:12:04 EDT 2013

>Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2013 13:55:43 -0400
>From: Bob DeMattia <>
>To: ""
>Subject: I-95  / Route 128
>The north end of I-695 would have connected onto I-93 
>(remember those ramp "stubs" on the overpass ?). The 
>south end of I-695 would connect into the unusually 
>large (at the time) intersection of Mass Ave/I-93 by 
>the old steam plant.
>Before it was cancelled, some homes were torn down.  
>Melnea Cass boulevard is built where part of I-695 
>was to be built.

Melnea Cass Blvd. and the Mass Ave/I-93 intersection
is the south end of what would have been I-695 (the 
Inner Belt). A small section of what was to be near 
the north end was turned into "Inner Belt Road" in 
Somerville, a bleak dead-end industrial and office 
park street off Washington St. next to the Holiday 
Inn just west of the Somerville/Charlestown line, 
a short distance west of Sullivan Station. I assume 
that from there, it would have joined an elevated 
ramp system to the 1-93 overpass. 

I recently saw that a community group is planning 
to try to have a bike path made along the old I-695 
route from the dead-end of Inner Belt Road through 
East Cambridge and Cambridgeport to Boston. I guess
it would join with the bike lane of the B.U. Bridge
(already a horrendous mess every afternoon rush hour).


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