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Old 06-29-2017, 01:27 PM   #41
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This seems pretty stupid. Why isn't this being done as a part of a comprehensive look at the corridor along with rezoning/development/etc to turn it into a real city street - its not like its doing anything with the bottle neck at the clusterfuck that is Columbus Circle, or where it starts with the bridge and 93 entrance. Why isn't there any real BRT/dedicate transit lanes? Perhaps planning and getting the MBTA involved and looking at things with a potential infill red line stop? I guess - it all seems like pretty prime releastate along Morrissey that could really be included and brought into the city if there was some sort of comprehensive planning/master plan being done.
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Old 06-29-2017, 02:03 PM   #42
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What I don't understand:

1) What is the obsession with the carriage road in front of BC High? It is not needed, widens the footprint of the roadway, and complicates vehicular operations.
2) The high speed merge from 93N onto Morrissey. WTF
3) Side streets have not been T-ed off and allow high speed turns off Morrissey.

And on a related note, the DCR just repaved and restriped the Riverway from the Sears rotary to Longwood Ave. For whatever reason they continued to stripe the northbound parking lane as a third travel lane and kept the super narrow southbound curb lane (<10ft wide). There was plenty of room to shift the lanes over and equalize their widths.
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Old 06-30-2017, 10:45 AM   #43
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^ both of the above, too true. Especially now that the globe has left, there will be less of an intense traffic bolus during rush hours...
Morrissey is such a needless speedway. Plenty of room to actually keep good speeds for cars but also make it safer for everyone else. It's probably gonna be a long time before the extension of the harbor walk around victory point ever happens, and currently, biking the existing connection from Freeport St to Columbia Pt is suicidally dangerous.
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Old 06-30-2017, 01:19 PM   #44
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And on a related note, the DCR just repaved and restriped the Riverway from the Sears rotary to Longwood Ave. For whatever reason they continued to stripe the northbound parking lane as a third travel lane and kept the super narrow southbound curb lane (<10ft wide). There was plenty of room to shift the lanes over and equalize their widths.
There's nobody at the helm at DCR. Somebody needs to take some leadership here at the State level and relieve them of all roadway operations responsibilities. They are clearly not capable of the task at hand.

They also just repaved the Fellsway north of Wellington and put back the same incomprehensibly stupid section of:

2' left shoulder
12' travel lane
12' travel lane
16' (!) parking lane
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Old 07-01-2017, 06:35 AM   #45
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There's nobody at the helm at DCR. Somebody needs to take some leadership here at the State level and relieve them of all roadway operations responsibilities. They are clearly not capable of the task at hand.

They also just repaved the Fellsway north of Wellington and put back the same incomprehensibly stupid section of:

2' left shoulder
12' travel lane
12' travel lane
16' (!) parking lane
Wow, now that is an exemplary "complete street"!

I am surprised they didn't split off a "carriageway" so the horses don't get spooked.
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Old 07-01-2017, 01:09 PM   #46
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Why not a couple of extra stripes to carve out a bike lane from the 16' parking lane? Duuuh!
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Old 07-01-2017, 10:15 PM   #47
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Why not a couple of extra stripes to carve out a bike lane from the 16' parking lane? Duuuh!
It's not a consistent 16' parking lane all the way up. At intersections, it goes up to 4 lanes wide in parts (3 thru lanes + turn lane) and varies at other points as well.

If that's not going to change, I'm not sure of the value of a couple block long bike lane and then forcing a cyclist to merge back into fast-moving traffic.

Don't take that as advocating for/against the design, just explaining.
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Old 07-01-2017, 10:34 PM   #48
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The extra lane at the intersections is for a right turn, which isn't that critical of a need in my opinion. Eliminate the right hand turn lane and there's room for continuing the bike lane.
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Old 07-03-2017, 10:24 AM   #49
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I also don't understand Fellsway West (northbound) from Roosevelt Circle. There's plenty of room on the street for parking, but the striping makes everyone park on the grass strip. https://goo.gl/maps/qpQJgKt2yJA2

At least they started enforcing the sidewalk parking further up on Elm St!
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Old 07-21-2017, 02:00 PM   #50
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Interesting comments from the Dorchester Reporter on Morrissey:

http://www.dotnews.com/columns/2017/...orhood-roadway
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Old 07-24-2017, 09:58 AM   #51
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Interesting comments from the Dorchester Reporter on Morrissey:

http://www.dotnews.com/columns/2017/...orhood-roadway
This is really encouraging to hear. I think most people in Savin Hill have this mentality since the roadway is at their front door, but a lot of other Dorchester residents (commuters) feel like any change will hinder their speedy access Downtown.
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Old 12-02-2017, 02:55 PM   #52
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A public meeting for the Mt. Auburn corridor is coming up on 12/13.
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