Mayor Walsh today announced a $1.4-million project to improve traffic in Readville, including traffic lights at either end of the short but clogged and dangerous Father Hart bridge that has bedeviled drivers for years as they try to cross over the train tracks that split the neighborhood.
The city will also install upgraded signals in Wolcott Square itself, where Hyde Park Avenue and Neponset Valley Parkway also come together.
Readville traffic has become such nightmare that the city says has agreed to bear the full costs of the traffic-light upgrades at the bridge and in Wolcott Square rather than spending several years in possibly fruitless negotiations with MassDOT, which owns the bridge and DCR, which owns Neponset Valley Parkway.
At the Wolcott Square intersection, the MBTA bus stop will be relocated and the traffic signals reprogrammed to provide a better approach to Neponset Valley Parkway and smoother traffic flow.
The city will even try to connect all the signals to the traffic-management system in City Hall, to bring Readville traffic control from the 1950s all the way into the 21st century.
ADA-compliant wheelchair ramps will be installed at key Readville intersections.
The work should begin this fall and take about a year.