DCR to conduct traffic study, improve five crosswalks

PONDSIDE—The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) announced earlier this month that, in response to requests from state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez and residents of Cabot Estates, the agency plans to conduct a traffic study of Perkins Street in Jamaica Plain.

“DCR is taking steps in the right direction to making Jamaica Plain an even more welcoming neighborhood for pedestrians,” Sánchez said in a written statement. “They made promises to the residents of Jamaica Plain and Cabot Estates, and they have kept those promises.”

The study comes after a meeting on Oct. 6 organized by Sánchez, between residents of Cabot Estates at 241 Perkins St. and representatives of DCR, in which the residents voiced their concerns about the lack of a safe crossing to Jamaica Pond.

According to the statement, this traffic study will look at potential changes along Perkins Street to improve pedestrian access to Jamaica Pond. The study will take three to six months to complete and will take into account the flow of vehicular traffic and the amount of foot traffic during both winter and spring, according to a written statement from Sánchez’s office.

DCR will also be repainting crosswalks along Centre Street in Jamaica Hills at Hillcroft Road, Louders Lane, Rambler Road, Westchester Road and Whitcomb Avenue. The work will be completed within the next few weeks, depending on the weather, DCR has said.

“DCR is committed to ensuring public safety and access along all the agency roadways,” said DCR Commissioner Richard K. Sullivan Jr. in the same written statement. “We thank Representative Sánchez and the entire Jamaica Plain legislative delegation for their continued support of DCR and its mission.”

From press materials.

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