Soon after that the announcing traffic pattern would change on Brookline Avenue, Mike Keegan circulated an email announcing it would be put off for a week. Here is his email:
Many of you received a copy of the news release that I distributed to inform you of the upcoming traffic pattern change that will turn Brookline Avenue into a one-way street inbound between the Riverway and Park Drive. The original schedule for the traffic change was 16 September. However, we have experienced delays related to the installation of temporary street lighting and other electrical work. For that reason, we are delaying the traffic change until the 23rd of September.
We are attempting to minimize the issues that this new traffic pattern will cause. We have notified the print, radio and television media to have them inform their readers/listeners/viewers what is happening and suggesting that the motoring public take alternatives routes. At our request the Red Sox organization sent out information to all of their season ticket holders informing them about the traffic pattern change. MASCO also assisted us, as they always do, in sending out a traffic advisory to their mailing list. We have also tried to keep the people that requested to be on our project mailing list informed (that's you folks).
We are placing variable message boards (VMB) in the project area as well as off-site to first announce the upcoming traffic change but also to warn people about potential delays and suggest that they seek alternative routes. Once the traffic change has been implemented there will be VMBs on site to help people understand where they should go to minimize traffic tie ups. We will also be activating the new signals installed at the Riverway and Park Drive intersection to eliminate the vehicles merge/weave area that alone can cause massive traffic back-ups. In the initial phase of the traffic change we will also have additional troopers on-site to help us direct traffic.
All that being said, will there be some back-up? Unfortunately, yes. However, as you all know between the commuter traffic and Red Sox traffic, this area has a challenging traffic flow in the best of conditions. Please be patient. As folks take alternate routes and others become accustomed to the new pattern, things will go back to normal. For this area, normal is still busy. Once we are done this project I believe that you will say that the inconvenience during construction was worth what you will have at the end.
As always if you have questions, please contact me at MuddyRiver@usace.army.mil
Mike Keegan, P.E.; L.C.S.
Chief, Civil Works and Interagency/International Project Management Branch
Corps of Engineers, New England District
696 Virginia Road
Concord, MA 01742-2751