Phase 2 of Route 9 Enhancement Study Begins

Wellesley corridor project will provide strategies to improve roadway. 

The Town of Wellesley and MAPC are poised to kick off the next phase of an ongoing study to improve Route 9 this spring.

The Route 9 Enhancement Study & Plan is a community-outreach-driven study for the Route 9 Corridor which will provide tailored strategies for addressing the form and functionality of the roadway.  Completed in partnership with the MetroWest Regional Collaborative (MWRC), the study and plan will include two phases. Phase One, completed earlier this year, served as an inventory phase; it included a project kick-off meeting, an assessment of existing conditions, and the identification of issues and opportunities presented by the existing conditions of the corridor. Phase Two will build on the first phase findings to develop a plan that identifies the Town’s goals and recommendations for the roadway, addresses issues, and capitalizes on opportunities.

On March 7, the Wellesley Planning Board voted unanimously to accept the Summary of Identified Issues and Opportunities report, the last deliverable for Phase One. A public meeting will be scheduled soon for Phase Two, which kicks off this month.

“It is the Planning Department and Planning Board’s goal that the Route 9 Enhancement Study and Plan establish community preferences for the character of and facilities included in the Route 9 corridor, serving as a platform from which the town may advocate for future improvements to the corridor,” said Wellesley Planning Director Michael Zehner. “The process has already proven valuable, with the Summary of Issues and Opportunities report establishing a foundation for the review of the proposed reconfiguration of the Kingsbury Street/Route 9 intersection.”

“The Town of Wellesley, MAPC, and the Wellesley Planning Board have been working very hard to revamp the Route 9 corridor while keeping the goals of the community in mind. The completion of the Route 9 Enhancement Study and Plan serves as a comprehensive milestone in this project. I am looking forward to the launch of the second phase and witnessing how it benefits both the town and my constituents,” said Sen. Richard J. Ross, R-Wrentham.

“The results of Phase One of the Route 9 Enhancement Study and Plan serve as a solid foundation, identifying several key areas along the corridor that deserve attention. I am pleased to see the study now move into Phase Two and I look forward to further discussions about how best to create practical recommendations from these findings that will improve the Route 9 corridor for all those who utilize it,” said Rep. Alice Peisch, D-Wellesley.

To review the Phase One documents, refer to the following links:

To stay informed on upcoming meetings, visit the Route 9 Enhancement Study & Plan page on the town website. Phase Two of this project is funded by a state technical assistance grant distributed by MAPC.

For more information, contact Alison Felix at 617-933-0742 or