Parkman/Perkins improvement project heads to BCC

The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has submitted its notice of intent to the Boston Conservation Commission (BCC) for its improvement project at the intersection of Francis Parkman Drive and Perkins Street.

BCC is expected to review the project during its July 5 meeting.

DCR held a meeting in Jamaica Plain on April 11 on the Parkman/Perkins proposal and presented a design that calls for a traffic light to be installed at the intersection, a new grass median with trees on a portion of Perkins Street, a curb bump-out on the southeast side of the intersection, an Americans with Disability Act-complaint path from Parkman Drive down to Jamaica Pond, and a crosswalk with a traffic signal at the Cabot Estate, as well as other changes. People have been advocating for a crosswalk at Cabot Estate since at least 1997.

The Parkman/Perkins proposal is part of the state Department of Conservation and Recreation Department (DCR) parkway improvement project. The other two sections are Centre Street, from VFW Parkway to Murray Circle; and the Arborway between Eliot Street and South Street, including Kelley Circle and Murray Circle. All three sections of the project have long been discussed, with DCR holding a series of meetings in the fall of 2015 on them.

The Boston Landmarks Commission gave the Parkman/Perkins proposal a green light in April.

The project is expected to start construction sometime this summer.

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