Thursday, October 1, 2009

TRAFFIC: Concern about Car Speed on Summer Street

Question/Comment: What can be done to lower the speed of drivers on Summer Street, particularly between Cedar and Davis Square and Lowell and Porter Street.

City Update 1/26/10: At the BOA's January 14th meeting Alderman O'Donovan requested that the Police Department place speed boards at various locations in this vicinity on Lowell St., Ceder St., and Central St. to deter speeding.

City Update 12/3/09: Correction - While the State established speed limit on the vast majority of city streets is 30 MPH, there are some streets in the city that have done speed zone studies, some of which have reduced the speed limit.  Streets on which speed zone studies have been carried out are: Cameron Avenue, Cedar Street, Cross Street, Franklin Street, Highland Avenue, Marshall Street, School Street, and Summer Street.  After conducting a speed zone study, a new speed limit must also be successfully approved by Mass Highway.

City update 11/19/09: The Police Department actively enforces moving violations on Summer Street, particularly at Porter Street and Cherry Street, which are intersections that have high accident incidence rates. The Speed limit on Summer Street is 30 MPH, and generally speeding has not been found to be an issue, except in the school zone where the speed limit drops to 20 MPH. Thus far in 2009, 27 moving violations have been issued on Summer Street.

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