Wednesday, December 9, 2009

TRAFFIC: Pedestrian saftey at Washington Street and Beacon Street

Question/Comment: A resident is concerned that the intersection of Washington Street and Beacon Street is dangerous for pedestrians. He walks through the intersection on a daily basis and believes the walk signal is too brief to allow for safe passage across the intersection. 

City Update 12/9/09: The Mayor's Office has requested that Traffic Enforcement division of the Somerville Police Department monitor this area for possible additional enfrocement.  The City also considered the possibility of instituting a no right turn on red policy at this intersection.  However,  this may prohibit vehicle movement at the intersection of Washington and Beacon and because there is a heavy traffic flow on both Washington and Beacon Streets in the morning and evening peak hours this would result in significantly increased vehicle queues and delays on both streets.  Vehicles are already prohibited from turning on red if pedestrians are in the crosswalk.  

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