If you’ve been driving around the neighborhood lately, you’ve probably noticed how frustrating it is. Between the numerous construction projects, the replacement of underground pipes, and bus lanes, it has been a “challenge,” to say the least. Driving up Sixth Street from K to I – whoops, you can’t make a right-hand turn. Driving down M Street, the same thing – a detour sign stopping you from getting down to Day Boulevard. Take a left on Marine to loop around. Nope, that’s closed, too. Make the mistake and take a right on Marine and a left on L. Good luck making that turn – that intersection is a nightmare. Not only that, but the lights at L and Columbia seem to be timed for exactly two cars to go through.
Down on Old Colony Ave, there is some sort of digging going on, which has pushed all the traffic into one lane. West Fourth Street between A and B, you can’t cut through – closed due to construction. The 776 Summer Street (Old Edison Plant) project has taken over the sidewalk on Summer Street and one lane of traffic. Now combine that will the newly painted bus lane, pushing a steady flow of two lanes into one. Prediction: when the bus lanes on Summer get painted red and enforced, the line of traffic will stretch all the way to Kosciuszko Circle during the morning commute into downtown. One good thing, maybe it will stop the suburbanites from using L/Summer as a cut-through.
Speaking of Kosciuszko Circle, aka the rotary from hell near the State Police barracks, it’s a gridlocked nightmare during rush hour. Back in 2021, it was announced a traffic study was implemented for this area and would take 12-18 months….that long to figure out it stinks? Hang onto your hats when the Dorchester Bay City Project begins. Also, the Mary Ellen McCormack development combined with the Washington Village Project already underway. All happening at the same time as the 776 Summer Street Project. And don’t forget this giant project that is coming our way.
The bike lane on A Street is causing neighborhood controversy with cars parking in it and getting the bike vs. car people riled up. What about the teeny tiny sidewalks on A Street and also on East/West First Street? Any plan for widening those, or is it single file for pedestrians?
Now for the Seaport District. There are metered parking spots with bike lanes on the inside. All it takes is one Uber to pull over or a delivery person picking up from Shake Shack to screw up traffic. And if you’re riding a bike on the inside lane, good luck with the pedestrians looking at their phones and people getting in and out of the cars. It’s the wild west.
Bottom line if you live in City Point and need to drive down to Foodie’s to pick up dinner or Social Wines to pick up a case of wine, good luck. If you live in the West Broadway neighborhood and want to drive to Sully’s to get a hot dog, it might take you 40 minutes.
Mix this all in with the normal steady stream of residential construction projects with dumpsters, work trucks, etc., in addition to food delivery drivers and ride-share app drivers that just stop in the middle of the street and do not pull all the way over, aka double park for the rest of the traffic to flow. And don’t even get me started on potholes in Southie and the City’s refusal to fill them. The rumor is that the City’s Chief of Streets believes it is a “proven traffic calming measure.” So good luck and be careful out there!
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