Route 39 improvement project to begin

The repeatedly delayed Route 39 bus improvement project is set to begin soon, according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo.

The project calls for several “bump-out” curb extensions, including at the Perkins Street, Roseway Street and Seaverns Avenue stops.

Pesaturo said in an email to the Gazette on April 11 that the project should start “within 30 days or so.” He said that the MBTA staff has worked closely with the Boston Transportation Department, so “no significant traffic impacts are anticipated.” The work is expected to be completed in September.

The project, which will also affect several other bus routes that use the same stops, has been postponed several times. The latest delay was when the MBTA pushed the start of construction from last winter to this spring.

The Route 39 bus is slated to undergo several changes, including the consolidation of some stops and improved amenities like new shelters and benches and “bump-out” curb extensions. The project is meant to speed service and improve accessibility.

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