Back in August of 2013, City Councilor Bill Linehan sent out a statement regarding the the absolute mess of a parking area
, where Emerson and East Third streets meet in front of the post office. Now nearly three years later, the giant orange construction barriers are gone and construction vehicles have been spotted making things a little more permanent. Thank God! It’s still a tricky intersection and apparently for residents a nightmare to park there and navigate around. From one H and 3rd resident, “It’s hideous and dangerous. I can’t even park my caddy in that area!” Well, that’s just outrageous!
Original message from Councilor Linehan back in 2013:
The Boston Transportation Department and Department of Public Works are currently implementing the first phase of parking and safety improvements at the intersection of H St., Emerson St., and East 3rd St. This area, directly in front of the post office, has been problematic for some time.
During a public meeting on this space residents raised concerns about safety and the fact that the spaces were not resident only spaces. More and more cars were trying to squeeze into this space and at times cars were parked out into traffic lanes, making it difficult for cars, and impossible for some larger emergency vehicles, to navigate through the intersection. Because this area was technically considered to be part of the street, without identified parking areas or a location to place the Resident Parking signs, it could not be deemed resident only parking. These issues are being addressed with the current improvements.
The current design, which is first being implemented in paint in order to address any concerns before final construction, will include a small island that will allow for angled parking and will safely direct traffic through the intersection.
Similar improvements have already been made to the intersection of M St. and East 4th. I will continue to work on these problem areas in our neighborhoods to improve public safety and maximize resident parking spaces.
Boston City Councilor, District 2