Residents near Enterprise Street and Clapp Street in Dorchester will be looking at ways to make the two streets safer.
At a Tuesday evening meeting of the McCormack Civic Association members voted to study the area and petition the city to look into ways to make the streets safer for pedestrians and more navigable for vehicles.
Currently, both of the streets, which connect to Boston Street, are two-way. When vehicles park on both sides of Clapp Street, it becomes so narrow only one car can pass by. Also, because the sidewalks are narrow pedestrians are often forced to walk in the street.
A proposal Tuesday called for making Enterprise Street one-way toward Boston Street and Clapp Street one-way toward Massachusetts Avenue/Enterprise Street.
“The issue I see is there is a lot of foot traffic heading from Boston Street to the mall and since the sidewalks are so narrow people are walking in the street,” said Desmond Rohan, a member of the group’s Executive Board. "Maybe another option is to make the sidewalks wider, but that's an expensive venture."
Those that supported the proposal believe the conversion of the streets to one-ways will cut down on the traffic and allow pedestrians more room to navigate the streets and the narrow sidewalks.
Some though said the issue is concentrated on Clapp Street and has more to do with parked vehicles at the nearby Pipefitters Training Center.
Others said if the sidewalks were wider pedestrians in the streets wouldn’t be an issue.
“I’d like to see something done about the sidewalks, it’s hard to maneuver,” said Helen Delorenzo, a member of the civic association.
Tuesday’s vote was another step in a conversation that has been happening since the group’s holiday party. No formal stance has been taken by the group as it explores possible changes to the streets. When the group reconvenes in September a recommendation and implementation plan is expected to be presented.