Next year, the City of Boston will re-configure the Walter-Bussey Street intersection by the Arboretum. This plan has been in the works for the last few years. This re-configuration will bring safer pedestrian access to the intersection and will include curb bump outs to slow traffic at those turns and a dedicated left turn lane on Walter St. The city is putting in the underground infrastructure for traffic lights but will not install the actual traffic signals until they analyze the traffic patterns following construction completion.
You can view the planned design here: Walter & Bussey Plan.
Thanks to Councilor Tim McCarthy’s office for providing the design to LANA and their advocacy. Thanks also go out to Councilor Matt O’Malley’s office for their involvement and especially former Councilor Rob Consalvo who worked on this issue for years.
Please note this Walter-Bussey re-configuration is separate from any plans by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) for the Walter-Centre intersection, which is managed by the state. LANA has requested that DCR coordinate with the city in their planning.
Lastly, LANA continues to work with the city and Councilors McCarthy and O’Malley for the entirety of Walter Street and also South Street. Both streets suffer from rampant speeding and lack sufficient safe crossing points. LANA is hoping to see speed radar signs that display vehicle speeds, pedestrian crossing lights, and other measures to make the streets safer. We will keep the neighborhood posted as we work on these issues.
State Senator Mike Rush and State Representatives Ed Coppinger and Jeffrey Sanchez in conjunction with the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) are hosting a community meeting specific for Roslindale residents about the proposed DCR plans for the Centre Street corridor from VFW Parkway to Murray Circle, and in particular the Walter/Centre intersection.
Tuesday, Nov. 10
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
St. Nectarios Church Hall, 39 Belgrade Ave, Roslindale
DCR has previously held three meetings on proposals for this stretch of Centre Street, in addition to the Arborway in Jamaica Plain. You can view the presentations from past meetings here. The meeting and presentation materials specific to the Centre Street corridor and Walter Street intersection can be found there under the Oct. 7, 2015 meeting information.
LANA has advocated for years for changes to this intersection and had members present at the prior meetings. In addition to this Nov. 10 meeting, at our normal bimonthly LANA meeting the night prior, Monday, Nov. 9, 7:30 pm at Longfellow House, we’ll be joined by Sen. Rush and Reps. Coppinger and Sanchez to go over these plans and discuss issues around them along with other relevant state issues. We hope you can join us.
The next LANA meeting is coming up in a week.
Monday, Nov 9th, 7:30 pm at the Longfellow House, 885 South Street, Roslindale.
We will be joined by Senator Mike Rush and Representative Jeffrey Sanchez to update the neighborhood on DCR plans for the Centre Street corridor from VFW Parkway to Murray Circle and the Emerald Necklace beyond, along with other happenings and updates.
LANA will also hold a special election to fill vacant board seats.
All meetings are open to the public and we hope to see you there!