More on the delayed renovation project on Cambridge Street:
The idea first came up 10 years ago as a way to improve business along the edge of Beacon Hill. But now, three years after construction began, it’s still going on and patience is wearing thin.
NewsCenter 5’s Pam Cross reported that the Cambridge Street improvement project has left signs and hydrants planted in the middle of sidewalks.
Business owners who asked for the street improvements said it has become a "revenue roadblock" and both state and city officials said delays, like the 2004 Democratic National Convention, are unavoidable. The project was scheduled to be complete in April 2002.
"I don’t know why it had to be a two-month delay when the Democrats were here for four days. It seems like one could still build the street," said Karen Cord Taylor, of the Beacon Hill Times.
"If you tried to come through Storrow Drive and get off at the Cambridge Street exit to go to Government Center or Charles Street, you get affected. Unfortunately, the traffic backup really pushes you away form Beacon Hill," said Babak Bina, of the Beacon Hill Business Association.
Residents and business owners just learned that the completion date has been pushed back to fall 2006.
Complete article: Businesses Call Road Project ‘Revenue Roadblock’