1.6 min readBy Published On: December 17th, 2015Categories: News4 Comments on Lights at Columbia and Old Harbor

Someone has had it up to here. – UPDATE

We noticed it a while a back.  The lights at Columbia Road and Old Harbor changed from blinking red to normal functioning lights that go from green, to yellow to red.  But the thing is, the lights are not timed correctly and so sometimes you have a green light but you can’t pass because people who are trying to turn on Columbia Road have a red light and there is gridlock.  We hoped it was just a temporary error but they are still like that.  The signs that appeared urging residents to call Ken at the DCR that appeared last week have surfaced again on Friday morning but this time with Senator Dorcena Forry’s office number.  

So our questions is, why on earth did the DCR change the lights in the first place?  Was it an error?  Did someone complain about the blinking lights?  We reached out to both the city and state to investigate but so far no answers yet.  We can’t imagine it would be that difficult of a task to change it back right?  

Well, one Southie resident is so pissed off about it, they actually made some signs – old school poster board and a Sharpie marker.  The signs urge drivers to call Ken at the DCR and demand the lights go back to blinking.  

If you would still like to still issue a complaint with the state, you are encouraged to call Senator Linda Dorcena Forry’s office at 617-722-1150 not Ken.  Let’s see how long it takes for the signs to be taken down again.  

From “someone in the know,” the lights changing from blinking to functioning lights is a malfunction in the lights and the DCR is waiting on a replacement part to fix them back to blinking!  So great news!  


  1. Tom December 11, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    It dosen't make any sense that the Massachusetts Department of Concervation and Recreation (DCR) which amdministers and maintains state parks would be responsible for municiple functions like traffic lights on public roads.  A better call would probably be to City Hall.

    This may be a better use of people's time and a relief for poor Ken, whoever he is: http://www.cityofboston.gov/transportation/signs.asp

  2. Anonymous December 11, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    DCR does control these lights.  The state controls some roads and signals in the city.


  3. Anonymous December 11, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Those lights are owned and operated by DCR not Boston street lighting. Lights like that no longer exist on city owned streets. City Hall is not the right call

  4. Anonymous December 11, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    DCR controls that particular set of lights (along with the beach, etc.)  Makes no sense, but it is what it is.

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