Going Both Ways: Major traffic pattern changes coming to Somerville’s Union Square



Studio 52 is a community artist space located in the heart of Allston, and is proud to support the Boston music scene and local artist community.

The City of Somerville today (July 7) announced two pretty significant changes to its Union Square traffic pattern. So while it’s rare that we here at Vanyaland dabble in municipal news, these new routes will certainly impact those heading over to the multiple bars and music venues in the area, like The Independent, P.A.’s Lounge, Sally O’Brien’s, and Thunder Road (pictured up top from our 2015 pre-opening gallery).


The main change: Prospect Street and Webster Avenue will both become two-way streets. Currently, Webster is one way as it heads out of the square towards Cambridge, while Prospect is one way as it filters traffic towards Union Square and the old post office. The switch is expected to happen “in late-July or early-August” and the new lanes will be open to both vehicles and bicycles.

“This switch will help with traffic congestion in the square and make the roadways safer and more accessible,” writes the city on its Facebook page. “The exact date for the switch is still being determined, so keep an eye out for signage in Union Square later in the month.”

Those looking for more info on the infrastructure developments in Union Square are directed to somervillema.gov/usqearlyaction. Check out the map below:


Somerville Union Square

Thunder Road photo by Eddy Leiva.