MVP - John Fitch Highway: A Climate Resilient Corridor

Project Overview

The City of Fitchburg through the Department of Public Works received funding to begin a redesign of John Fitch Highway (JFH) between Lunenburg Street and Summer Street from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affair’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) grant program.

The JFH floods frequently because the roadway is located in the floodplain and in the historic path of Baker Brook. Flood reduction of Baker Brook into JFH was a top priority in the 2020 Hazard Mitigation Plan and MVP Report (/DocumentCenter/View/7566/Fitchburg-HMP-MVP-Draft-Report_2020-11-02).

The redesign of JFH will employ best practices, including nature-based solutions to reduce flooding (like rain gardens and tree planting) and Complete Streets elements (such as shared use paths and improved crosswalks) within the right of way to improve the Corridor and the city’s climate resilience. The current project is developing a preliminary design focused on the roadway’s right-of-way. This is just the first step in the process. Additional grants and various funding sources will be sought to advance to final design and construction. The project may also be a pilot for future improvements in the northern portion of the Corridor.

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Community Input

Thank you for sharing your vision for a more resilient John Fitch Highway corridor! Read below to review the latest materials. 

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For More Information

Please direct questions about this project to the Department of Public Works Engineering Department: 978-829-1915 or email

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