Problem
The Massachusetts National Guard has many responsibilities that support civil authorities in the event involving terrorism or natural disaster. The Wellesley Readiness Center was originally accessed via Minuteman Lane, a one lane residential road with no through access. This roadway was situated in a quiet residential neighborhood with on-street parking. As such it was a lower priority for snow clearing and vehicles often parked adjacent to the existing facility entrance, sometimes making it inaccessible for larger vehicles to enter the facility.

Solution
As part of a multi-year, on-call contract with the Guard, CEI was asked to design, permit and construct for a new emergency access to a busy limited access state highway, Route 9 in Wellesley, MA. CEI provided a gated curb-cut onto Route 9 from the existing Readiness Center, including emergency signals at both east and westbound directions and access to the eastbound lanes with another curb cut onto westbound Route 9.

 

Outcome
CEI worked closely with Massachusetts Highway and local officials to efficiently design, permit and construct this major roadway redesign with emergency signals in under one year. CEI provided comprehensive engineering and turn-key construction management services including utility relocation, drainage engineering, keycard security installation. This time sensitive project was designed, permitted, bid and constructed in less than one year. CEI’s relationship with local and state agencies allowed us to work cooperatively and efficiently in designing this project for permit approval and client satisfaction. The new emergency access allows the Wellesley facility to meet important emergency support needs for the Boston area.