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Fields Corner residents call for traffic control on Geneva Avenue

Posted by Patrick Rosso  March 30, 2012 12:34 PM

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Thomas Tinlin, who heads Boston's Traffic Department, speaking with Dorchester residents.

Concerns are fising among residents and business along Geneva Avenue about speeding cars, unsafe intersections, and lack of parking enforcement.

On Wednesday night, residents packed the Ditson Street Senior Housing to air their grievances about the dangerous situation along Geneva in Dorchester's Fields Corner section.

“The same issues keep coming up about Geneva Avenue,” said Barry Mullen, executive assistant with the Fields Corner CDC. “We care about Geneva Avenue, and we want to slow it down.”

Residents and business owners who turned out Wednesday cited concerns with double parking, crosswalk enforcement, lack of signals, and delivery trucks.

“We need some kind of lighting to control traffic,” said Leo Edwards, 60, a Fields Corner resident. “It looks like an accident waiting to happen.”

Mary MacLean, 84, also highlighted the intersection of Charles Street and Geneva, where drivers often can’t safely turn on Geneva because parked cars block their view.

“What seems to be especially dangerous is coming down Charles onto Geneva,” MacLean said.

While there was visible frustration in the room with traffic that has been a constant headache for residents, Thomas Tinlin of the commissioner of the Boston Transportation Department, said his organization will be working to address the problems.

Tinlin said his organization will be adding traffic signals to the Geneva and Westville Street intersection as well as the Geneva Avenue and Josephine Street intersection.

“If that doesn’t slow people down, then they are in a plane,” Tinlin said.

He also said his organization will be out repainting crosswalks and installing signs to alert drivers that there is not only a crosswalk, but a hefty fine that goes along with failing to yield for pedestrians.

Tinlin said the Traffic Department will also conduct a speed and volume count on the street to determine how many cars are speeding down Geneva Avenue and when the peak hours are.

While many were receptive to the new changes, residents called for greater enforcement of parking regulations by BTD and the Boston Police Department, citing people parking on the street while they take the T, double parking, and delivery trucks.

Both Tinlin and representatives with the BPD said they will work to step up enforcement for parking and speeding, as well as work with delivery drivers to address concerns about the hours they deliver.

While the repainting of crosswalks and the speed and volume count will be conducted over the summer, residents can expect the new signal on Geneva Avenue and Westville Street to begin construction by fall.

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