Improving Truck Travel in the Everett-Chelsea Industrial Area

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January 2016

The cities of Everett and Chelsea have long-established industrial areas along the northern reaches of Boston’s inner harbor. These areas include important parts of the working waterfront as well as numerous industrial sites extending inland from the waterfront. The uses of these sites have evolved and now include numerous non-industrial activities. There is ongoing investment in both industrial and non-industrial activities.

The roadway system in this area is in very poor condition. Many trucks are forced to take circuitous routes to their industrial destinations, resulting in unnecessary truck traffic in more residential and commercial areas. This study analyzes the volume and routes of truck traffic in the area and makes recommendations to modify the road network to improve truck access to industrial areas and reduce truck impacts to non-industrial areas.

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