Slow Streets program slated to bring speed humps, artwork to Stonybrook

March 25, 2016

The City’s Slow Streets pilot program is slated to bring speed humps and artwork to the Stonybrook neighborhood, according to a presentation by the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) to the Stonybrook Neighborhood Association (SNA) last month.

The City expects to implement the program in the Stonybrook neighborhood sometime this year.

The Slow Streets program is part of the City’s Vision Zero project, which is a commitment of resources to eliminating fatal and serious traffic crashes by 2030. The effort is being led by BTD in collaboration with other City departments, including Public Works, the Boston Police Department, and Emergency Medical Services, according to BTD spokesperson Tracey Ganiatsos.

The pilot program would install two speed bumps on Brookley, three on Rossmoore Road and Williams Street, and one each on Gartland Street and Kenton Road.

“Welcome mats” stating a 20 mph speed limit would be place on Brookley Road at the intersection with Washington Street, on William Street at the intersection with Washington Street, on Rossmore Road at the intersection with Forest Hills Street, on Gartland Street at the intersection with Washington Street and on Rockvalle Circle at the intersection with Washington Street.

But the program would not focus strictly on traffic-calming measures, as street art would be installed along Meehan Street and at the intersection at Stedman Street and Rossmore Road.

“We are pleased with the positive feedback that we have received from the community via our public process,” said Ganiatsos, when asked recently where the project stands. “We recently began conducting preliminary engineering assessments of suggestions that have come in from local residents. When completed, we will have a larger public meeting to present and discuss the updated plan. We expect to be able to implement the pilot program in the Stonybrook neighborhood in calendar year 2016.”