1.5 min readBy Published On: December 4th, 2023Categories: News10 Comments on Southie Slow Down – Speed Humps Installation

It’s happening…

A few months back, Mayor Michelle Wu and the City of Boston announced a new safe streets initiative by installing speed humps in the neighborhoods throughout Boston.

If you’re asking what are speed humps? Here’s the scoop via the City of Boston’s website:

Speed humps are gradual mounds of asphalt built into the pavement. They are about 3 inches high and between 12 and 14 feet long. Speed humps are comfortable to drive over at 20 miles per hour or less. 

We paint white triangles on the street and install yellow “Speed Hump” signs so drivers are aware.

Speed humps are a primary tool to address traffic speeds and make our neighborhoods more comfortable for people who live, walk, bike, and play there. We plan to install up to 500 speed humps on an annual basis. That’s between 40 and 50 miles of traffic-calmed streets each year!

On Monday morning, without warning, the City began to install speed humps on M Street on every block…yes, every block.

If you’re wondering if speed humps will be coming to your street, you can use this map to find out. Type your address into the search bar, then click on your street.

So there you have it.  Traffic will be slowed down in the neighborhood, whether you like it or not.

The City’s website states in regards to community input about the speed humps- “Speed humps are a standard tool for safety on our streets. In order to deliver these tools more quickly and in more neighborhoods, we will not be able to host or attend community meetings about their design. Residents will be notified when their street is being considered for speed humps and ahead of construction.” 

You can learn more about this initiative here. 

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  1. Julie Bonenfant December 7, 2023 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    It’s about time! We have cars and motorcycles racing on East 1st regularly in the summer. Bring on the speed humps every where.

  2. These Are Not… December 7, 2023 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    ….the “worst” thing ever invented.
    Why IN GOD’S NAME they wouldn’t start with L St (many, many years too late, of course) is anybody’s guess.

  3. Speed humps everywhere December 7, 2023 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Great news!

  4. Tom December 7, 2023 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    You’ll regret speed bumps after a few years.

    • Why Will We… January 9, 2024 at 8:05 pm - Reply

      …regret them ….and why will it take a few years?

  5. Beverly December 7, 2023 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    Sadly,All around the Condon School where they are needed the most there are none. I have a Blink Camera and they speed in the front,back and side of the school. Soooo much traffic on Saint Casimir, Flaherty and Joyce Hayes. It’s sad,no one cares about the children until something happens.

  6. Joe Cappuccio December 8, 2023 at 4:00 am - Reply

    Good for the environment.

  7. Paul Ford December 8, 2023 at 9:31 am - Reply

    Neither nay nor yea .. the most INTEGRAL part of City, and State or Federal Government is the input of the constituents they represent anything less is dictatorship . WU and her poorest of leadership teams have run roughshod over South Boston with out hesitation . Bike lanes and Bus Lanes have only congested our traffic and made roads less safe . Last Night I was almost wiped out on Summer Street by a wide swinging 18 Wheel truck running a RED LIGHT . But 4 maybe 5 cruisers were at Moakley Park with lights running to protect our neighbors from drug gang fights .. our C6 recourses are being deprived of the availability to enforce the rules of the road . SO TEAR UP THE SPEED BUMPS UNTIL YOU HAVE MEETINGS AND STOP CIRCUMVENTING THE LAWS

  8. Linda Lynch December 8, 2023 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    And East Broadway is off limits? The city is crazier than ever. From M St. to N St, down the hill they pick up speed and come flying down, heading to the beach area, and I dont think anyone stops (from outside of South Boston stops at O St.)

  9. Dan December 14, 2023 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    The most insane decision made by incompetent people! Look what they did to Summer St! The traffic and the confusion it creates now is sickening! The guy who dedicated one of the two lanes for buses and trucks only must have been drunk when he came up with this plan and probably doesn’t even live in Southie! It’s obvious now that there are more chances for accidents there! Unbelievable!

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