South End Answers: How Can I Get a Crosswalk On My Street?

Ask a question you have about the neighborhood and get an answer in this weekly column. This week? Crosswalks.

In this week's column of "," a new feature where we find the answers to your questions, reader Ruth Goran asked about the process for getting a crosswalk installed in Boston. 

"On Washington St. in the South End, between Union Park and Berkeley, there is only one crosswalk way down in front of Laconia Lofts. This makes crossing the street near Wilkes Passaage and the Seven Eleven dangerous. How can we get another crosswalk installed?"

I reached out to the City of Boston, to the Boston Transportation Department. A represetative from the department said all you'd need to do is call the Mayor's Hotline to make a formal request. That number is: 617-635-4500. You can call anytime, 7 days a week to make the request.

The representative added that any request would be reviewed by the city's engineers and would need to follow federal and state laws. 

Ruth, I hope this adequately answers your question! Thanks for asking. 

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Robert Rovenolt January 28, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Hi, I just emailed a question, but I had to re-set my p.w. so I'm not sure you got it. It concerns the different snow/ice melt the DPW spread on the streets during the last storm. It seems like a new substance that is now coating everything...cars, buildings and people when it blows in clouds down the street. It stings the eyes and I'm sure it's not good for are 4 pawed friends! What's up DPW?
Jim Smith January 28, 2013 at 01:44 PM
I'd like to second Rob's comment above. It's been horrible since last week's snow. My question, however, is about the intersection of Clarendon Street at Tremont and the confusion about which lane should turn which direction onto Tremont. I've been told by the City that it's legal for both lanes to turn both directions since there are two lanes in each direction on Tremont. However, I think there's a huge amount of confusion when most folks in the left lane on Clarendon are preparing to turn right onto Waltham and sometimes the right lane from Clarendon turning left onto Tremont attempts to go straight toward Berkeley Street causing a near collision. I think that signs and street marking should be installed indication "right lane must turn right" and "left lane must turn left" from Clarendon but haven't made any headway. I'm wondering if others have had the same thought/experience there. Thanks!
Sara Jacobi January 28, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Hi Robert, I did not get an email from you, so thanks for commenting! That sounds like a good question - is the DPW using a new substance and is it pet friendly? I'll see what I can come up with for you for next week.
Sara Jacobi January 28, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Hi Jim, So is this a question you'd like me to find an answer to... or you'd just like to put it out there to the community to see what others thoughts/experiences are? Either way works, but let me know so I can help!
Robert Rovenolt January 28, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Hi Jim, Thanks for your comment. Regarding that intersection, since i live next to it, I've seen many near collisions and at least one fender- bender because of the configuration. If a I hear a loud cacophony of car horns at rush hour, I can be pretty certain of the cause. Sara, I hope you can get some action from city hall! Thanks!
Sara Jacobi January 28, 2013 at 05:08 PM
ps. if you ever need to email me you can do so at sara.jacobi@patch.com or southend@patch.com, no need to click "ask the author."
Raphael January 28, 2013 at 09:48 PM
I agree with both Jim and Robert. The easiest (not foolproof) way to try to take care of this problem is to have the City of Boston put a sign reading: Right Lane must Turn Right. I have almost been hit many times by someone trying to turn left from the right lane - common sense should dictate, but it doesn't so perhaps the sign would help. Thanks


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