There was a car crash at the intersection of L and 6th at approximately 4:45pm on Monday causing one of the cars to flip. This is the same intersection where Colin McGrath, a 2 year-old was killed on July 25th. Since then, the City of Boston has taken measure to slow traffic down on L Street including speed feedback signs and flex poles at every intersection restricting parking 20 feet from the corner.
Earlier this month Boston police and Massachusetts State troopers conducted a joint enforcement initiative on Day Boulevard in South Boston and streets feeding onto it aka L Street and Farragut Road to name a few. Both troopers and officers cracked down on crosswalk enforcement, speeding, and other unsafe driving behaviors. Approximately 500 citations for traffic violations were issued between the two departments.
City Councilor Ed Flynn was on the scene. “I spoke with first responders, city officials and colleagues. I also spoke with a number of residents who were very shaken up to see another crash at this intersection. We had a number of conversations regarding the need for additional traffic-calming measures in our neighborhood. I will continue to request these measures from the Boston Transportation Department and advocate for 4-way stop signs on L St, speed humps, raised crosswalks and other infrastructure improvements, as well as lowering the speed limit. This combination of infrastructure changes to our built environment and lower speeds would help to improve road safety for all,” said Flynn via statement.
Back in August, Flynn recommended a 12 Point Safe Streets Plan which included 4-way stop signs along L St and relevant locations throughout Southie. Maybe it’s time.