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State to begin work in June to improve bike safety on road near Museum of Science

A bicyclist passed a ghost bike placed in memory of Meng Jin, who was killed in November when he was hit by a truck near the Museum of Science. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff/File 2018/Globe Staff

A stretch of road connecting Boston and Cambridge considered by many bicycling activists to be dangerous will now be getting separated bike lanes, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced Wednesday.

Lanes will be reconfigured on Charles River Dam Road, including the Craigie Bridge, in both cities, MassDOT said in a statement Wednesday. The improvements include adding separated bike lanes in both directions along the stretch, which runs past the Museum of Science, and adding a dedicated turn lane onto Edwin H. Land Boulevard.

The changes come after a community-wide collaboration and are meant to “increase safety for this important corridor,” state Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver said in a statement.

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“Providing safe transportation options for all users is a priority of MassDOT and we look forward to implementing this change in the coming months,” Gulliver said.

The announcement came months after the death of Meng Jin, a Boston University graduate student who was killed by a truck as he prepared to turn his bike onto the road from intersecting Museum Way, the Globe reported.

“We are very pleased that MassDOT listened to the concerns of advocates and bicyclists and found a way to widen and add flex posts along a majority of the new bike lanes on the Craigie Dam Bridge Road, as well as bicycle signals at key intersections to prevent conflicts at turns,” Boston Cyclists Union Executive Director Becca Wolfson said in a statement.

The state announced the plans for the roadwork back in December, stating it would start the work in the spring, the Globe reported. MassDOT said Tuesday the work will start in June and ideally end in August.

The roadwork will also provide two motor vehicle travel lanes in either direction and will add traffic signals for both cars and bikes, among other improvements, MassDOT said.

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Breanne Kovatch can be reached at breanne.kovatch@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @breannekovatch.