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Beacon Hill’s Joy Street could see some major changes

The Beacon Hill Times reports that state and federal officials would like to make changes to Joy Street, with parking alterations perhaps being the biggest news:

Connect Historic Boston – an initiative between the National Park Service and the Boston Transportation Department – proposes building a pedestrian entrance at Joy and Cambridge streets to the African-American National Historic Site; paving Joy Street with durable, special pavers and installing flush granite curbs east of Smith Court; shifting on-street parking from the left side to the right after Smith Court to slow vehicular traffic; placing curb extensions at the entrance to the Boston Common at the intersection of Joy and Beacon streets to improve pedestrian accessibility; and repaving sidewalks with wire-cut brick. The design lead for the project is Nitsch Engineering of Boston, and the estimated cost is $519,000.

A deal has to be cut by next spring in order to nab funding for the project.

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