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Hanover St. Redesign Project Ideas Presented by Northeastern Engineering Students

Video: Northeastern University “Essential Engineering” team presents Hanover Street Re-Design ideas on February 15, 2012.

A group of senior civil engineering students at Northeastern University is taking on the hot subject of re-configuring Hanover Street. The Senior Capstone “Essential Engineering” team project is a required course, culminating their academic and co-operative experience. The transportation project, Hanover Street in Boston’s historic North End, includes evaluating, analyzing, and re-designing the street to satisfy the needs of all potential users while complementing the existing land uses.

The team will be considering ideas that have been previously vetted and we will also be using unconventional methods to complement the past, current, and future needs of the area, both from an economic standpoint, as well as a transportation infrastructure perspective.

The video shows the full presentation and Q&A period in response to the initial concept ideas presentation. The meeting was hosted by the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association, NEWRA, on February 15, 2012 at the Nazzaro Community Center. The students also gave a brief update at the previous Neighborhood Council meeting on February 13, 2012. City Councilor Sal LaMattina, participated in the meeting, having previously suggested his own ideas on Hanover Street.

The last significant proposal for a Hanover St. redesign was last year by the North End Chamber of Commerce. [View the Chronicle, TV5 segment on the Hanover St. one-way traffic proposal and neighborhood reaction.]

Video Index:
00:00 Introduction by Stephanie Hogue, NEWRA President and Meeting Host
02:00 “Essential Engineering” Project Leader Matt Walsh, Northeastern University introduces the six person team and Senior Capstone Project assigned by Dr. Daniel Dulaski, PhD, PE. Other civil engineering students on the team in attendance: Oliver Nowalski, Rodrigo Alonso, Matt Ford, Steve Leeber  and Steve Curtin.
06:50 The Hanover Street Experience
08:00 Project Goals and Scope
09:30 Sidewalks, Double-Parked Delivery Vehicles, Traffic Congestion, Seasonal Foot Traffic
11:00 Past Project Proposals – Pedestrian Mall, One-Way Street
12:30 Preliminary Design Considerations – Presented by Matt Ford
14:15 Sidewalk width and furniture, Street bulbouts for trees and trash cans
17:00 Seasonal portable sidewalks
19:00 Reallocate lane widths and cross section review
23:00 Street lights – LED, installing on buildings off sidewalks
24:30 Commercial vehicle parking
27:00 Valet access
30:00 Crosswalks
32:00 Bicycle Facilities
33:45 Resident Parking
36:00 Basketball Court Night Resident Parking
38:40 Project Schedule & Timeline – Northeastern Presentation: March 2, 2012, Semester end date: April 18, 2012
41:30 Question & Answer period starts
43:00 District 1 City Councilor Sal LaMattina provides input and feedback
52:00 Residents and business owners provide input and feedback


The Northeastern Civil Engineering students will be returning later in the semester with more finalized ideas, leading up to a 300 page report with design drawings that will be made available to the public.