A Brief History of Mount Auburn Street

Miles Pratt House on Mount Auburn Street in Watertown

Miles Pratt House on Mount Auburn Street in Watertown


Mount Auburn Street was last reconstructed by MassHighway as an Urban Systems project in the early 1980s.


The 2002 Watertown Bicycle Transportation plan recommended reducing the number of travel lanes and adding on-street bicycle lanes to Mount Auburn Street.

Also in 2002, a portion of Mount Auburn Street was designated as a Historic District by the Town of Watertown. The purpose of the Historic District is to preserve the distinctive architecture reflecting the character of Watertown’s rich cultural, social, economic, and political history which began on the banks of the Charles River in the early 1600s.


The Town of Watertown began redesigning Mount Auburn Street into a 21st century roadway that can safely carry all modes of transportation.


The Town of Watertown initiated the project with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Highway Division by submitting project initiation and project need forms, as required by the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).


The Town of Watertown hired WorldTech Engineering, LLC to conduct a Feasibility Study for Mount Auburn Street.


The project team is currently developing the preliminary design for the project. With input from the public and various partner agencies, the team is designing the corridor's alignment, lane configuration, utilities, and right-of-way.