A key element of SouthField’s master plan is its new Parkway – a 3.5 mile landscaped roadway that gently winds east to west through SouthField from Route 3 to Route 18. The vision for the Parkway is one that reflects the spirit of the community itself. Passing through much of the 1,000 acres of preserved green space, the Parkway will provide access via rotaries to SouthField’s many residential neighborhoods, sports and recreation venues, commercial campus, and village center. Like the scenic orchard entrance drive into SouthField on Shea Drive, the Parkway drive experience will reflect an appreciation for the natural beauty of the protected tracts of land within the community.
Construction of the Parkway started 18 months ago and we are happy to report that everything is proceeding smoothly. We are looking forward to our ribbon cutting ceremony later this year. Stay tuned for details on this exciting event! Once the roadway is open, motorists will be able to travel from Weymouth Street in Rockland to Route 18 in Weymouth. The project includes the construction of almost 2 miles of roadway, including three bridges that span sensitive environmental areas. We have been blessed with a mild winter, which has allowed paving to take place right up until a few weeks ago. The first course of pavement is down, the bridge beams are in place, and the contractor is currently installing the wildlife fencing (which will operate to keep wildlife from trying to cross the parkway) and the roadway and pedestrian lighting.
There are two exciting Parkway milestones coming up. The first is the demolition of the Navy’s main Hangar—the large, blue building that occupied the middle of the Base—which is scheduled to take place in the month of February. The second exciting milestone will also occur next month. The parkway contractor will be demolishing a portion of the building located at 160 Weymouth Street in Rockland. This is the location where the Parkway will tie into Weymouth Street. Be sure to take a drive past this location to see all the activity.
Finally, Phase I of our multi-modal improvements project is well underway and will be open to pedestrians by this fall. When these improvements are completed, residents of SouthField can walk, bike, or drive to the South Weymouth commuter rail station and board a train for a 20 minute commute to Boston! Imagine living in a brand new neighborhood where you can literally walk to the train?
We are very excited about the transportation improvements underway at SouthField and look forward to telling you more about them when you visit us at the Welcome Center.