Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

Beginning July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2019

Last updated: 4/11/18

Public Works Department

The mission of the Public Works Department is to provide a quality environment for the City of Boston and ensure that the City's roadways, streets and bridge infrastructures are safe, clean and attractive. The Public Works Department also maintains street lights, traffic signals, provides snow removal and garbage collection and disposal as well as curbside recycling.

Chris Osgood, Interim Commissioner
This Capital Plan invests deeply in the core goals of Go Boston 2030: streets that are safer for all users of our roads and sidewalks, particularly pedestrians and cyclists; travel that is more reliable and predictable, and quality transportation choices that improve access to interconnect Boston neighborhoods for all modes of travel.

FY19 Major Initiatives

  • Walkable Streets will focus on longer, contiguous sections of sidewalks to improve overall mobility.
  • Construction will begin on Beach Street, from Atlantic Avenue to JFK Surface Road with new sidewalks, new lighting, trees, and street furniture.
  • Construction will begin at New England Avenue, from Talbot Avenue to Norfolk Avenue with new sidewalks and lighting.
  • Construction will continue on the streets and sidewalks in and around North Square.
  • The reconstruction and installation of pedestrian ramps on sidewalks will continue throughout the City, to improve accessibility. Funding for pedestrian ramp installations will increase $500K in FY19.
  • State Street will be re-designed adhering to Complete Streets guidelines.
  • Cummins Highway from Mattapan Square to Harvard Street will be re-designed with Complete Streets guidelines in mind.
  • Ruggles Street from Tremont Street to Shawmut Street will also be re-designed adhering to Complete Streets standard.
  • Construction will begin on a new North Washington Street Bridge.
  • Construction is expected to begin on a new Long Island Bridge.
  • Design is expected to begin on the Northern Avenue Bridge.
  • Upgrades to a series of bridges in an effort to bring all bridges to a State of Good Repair by 2030.
  • Funding for roadway reconstruction, resurfacing, and sidewalk improvements will be increased by $3.75 million this year. Repairs are planned throughout the City.

Public Works Department - Active Projects


Category Project Location Status FY19 Projected Total
Economy Harrison Avenue Improvements South End In Design 100,000 2,215,000
Economy Washington Street / Traveler Street South End In Design 200,000 1,750,000
Energy & Environment Street Light Gas Lamps Various neighborhoods Annual Program 150,000 1,137,500
Energy & Environment Street Light LED Conversion Citywide Annual Program 0 25,529,031
Housing Madison Park Village Roxbury In Design 1,550,000 3,050,000
Housing Whittier Street Housing Development Roadways Roxbury In Design 800,000 1,000,000
Open Space Neighborhood Commons Various neighborhoods In Construction 250,000 1,460,000
Transportation ADA/AAB Pedestrian Ramps Citywide Annual Program 1,600,000 9,600,000
Transportation Alford Street Bridge Charlestown In Construction 7,950,000 81,700,000
Transportation Amory Street Extension Roxbury New Project 200,000 1,000,000
Transportation Beach Street Financial District/Downtown In Design 1,350,000 1,925,000
Transportation Boylston Street Sidewalks Back Bay In Design 500,000 2,261,000
Transportation Bridge Repairs Citywide Annual Program 2,000,000 15,000,000
Transportation Cambridge Street Bridge Charlestown To Be Scheduled 1,650,000 2,750,000
Transportation Central Maintenance Facility Complex South End In Design 1,510,000 18,166,588
Transportation Choice Neighborhood Roxbury In Design 2,000,000 5,010,000
Transportation Commonwealth Avenue Phase 2A Allston/Brighton In Construction 170,913 20,066,250
Transportation Commonwealth Avenue Phase 3 and 4 Allston/Brighton In Design 10,000 2,900,000
Transportation Congress Street South Boston To Be Scheduled 250,000 250,000
Transportation Connect Historic Boston Various neighborhoods In Construction 529,481 29,293,700
Transportation Cummins Highway Mattapan New Project 100,000 4,000,000
Transportation Dalton Street Bridge Back Bay To Be Scheduled 150,000 600,000
Transportation Dana Avenue Bridge Hyde Park New Project 2,000,000 5,000,000
Transportation Downtown Crossing Financial District/Downtown New Project 250,000 500,000
Transportation Emerald Necklace Various neighborhoods New Project 100,000 300,000
Transportation Long Island Bridge Replacement Harbor Islands In Design 9,000,000 108,758,144
Transportation Massachusetts Avenue Bridge at Commonwealth Avenue Back Bay In Construction 300,000 18,319,769
Transportation McArdle Bridge East Boston To Be Scheduled 500,000 3,000,000
Transportation New England Avenue Dorchester New Project 400,000 1,500,000
Transportation North Square North End In Construction 950,000 2,500,000
Transportation North Washington Street Bridge Charlestown In Design 6,700,000 218,957,519
Transportation Northern Avenue Bridge South Boston New Project 2,500,000 100,000,000
Transportation Retaining Walls Citywide Annual Program 200,000 1,200,000
Transportation Roadway Reconstruction and Resurfacing Citywide Annual Program 13,750,000 66,750,000
Transportation Ruggles Street Roxbury To Be Scheduled 200,000 1,800,000
Transportation Sidewalk Reconstruction Citywide Annual Program 7,000,000 41,050,000
Transportation State Street Financial District/Downtown New Project 100,000 1,500,000
Transportation Street Lighting Installation Citywide Annual Program 1,000,000 20,147,167
Transportation Sullivan Square / Rutherford Avenue Charlestown In Design 900,000 14,759,403
Transportation Summer Street South Boston In Construction 2,500,000 7,400,000
Transportation Walkable Streets Various neighborhoods Annual Program 1,750,000 8,000,000
Department total 73,120,394 852,106,071