Arborway crosswalk improvements coming

A community meeting was held May 6 where a presentation was given on improving the crosswalk on the Arborway near the main entrance of the Arnold Arboretum. It suggested a three-tier approach that includes curb extensions and a flash beacon.

The three-tier approach suggested by the presentation would implement markings, signs and fence adjustments; install a rectangular rapid flash beacon on the Upper Arborway; and construct geometric modifications, such as ramps and curb extensions. The Upper Arborway is a single-lane roadway that runs parallels to the Arborway.

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The meeting was hosted by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Arborway Coalition, a local community organization. The funds for the improvement will be provided through the DCR’s Partnership Matching Funds Program and by the Arborway Coalition and partners.

Bill Hickey, spokesperson for DCR, said the department will review the feedback it has received and implement changes in phases, evaluating the effectiveness after each step. He did not give a timeline on when the implementation will start.

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