Boston transportation officials tomorrow will show off their formal plans for curbing vehicular mayhem along Centre Street, spurred on by a pedestrian's death at Centre and Hastings in February.
A meeting on the proposal starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Holy Name School gym.
Officials promised to propose a plan for Centre Street at a meeting three weeks after Marilyn Wentworth's death at which the Wentworth family pleaded with the city to do something about the road, as did a man who suffered a traumatic brain injury getting hit by a car at the same intersection in 2015.
Officials said they would take as a starting point a 2017 study by a team at Northeastern that recommended several changes for Centre between Holy Name and Spring Street, including narrowing the road from two travel lanes to one in each direction, with pedestrian islands and turn lanes at key intersections. The remaining space could be used for dedicated bicycle lanes, Northeastern Prof. Peter Furth said, adding travel time would not go up because the changes would convince people who now use the road as a sort of mini-highway to stick to VFW Parkway.
The meeting seems destined to generate loud and possibly angry debate. In recent days, somebody has walked up and down Centre, convincing some store owners to post signs warning the proposed changes would turn Centre into a gridlocked hellhole that would trap ambulances, firetrucks and police cruisers both during construction and afterwards, a hellhole made even worse by the proposed Roxbury Prep on Belgrade Avenue, a hellhole that could be made even more gridlocked by just a single Amazon van with a driver intent on making a delivery.
The anonymous flier does not ask readers to ponder the experience of Washington Street in Roslindale, which is just one lane in each direction for most of its length.