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Major redo of Cummins Highway in Mattapan set to start in April

The Dorchester Reporter has the details on the $32-million project that will stretch into 2025 and include new signals, bike lanes, wider sidewalks, new trees and a roundabout at roundabout at the Weybosset/Greenwood Street intersection.

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"Highway" invites people to drive fast. Perhaps it could become a Street, Avenue, Drive, Boulevard, or the like.

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Calling things a "drive"doesn't seem to help on Storrow Drive where people regularly drive highway speeds. Hopefully that redundant highway will be removed (90 is right next to it) soon.

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As a Boston evacuation route, how can any work be done to the route that will reduce traffic flow in the case of an emergency evacuation?

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You'll be fine - put the pearls away.

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… that this doesn't matter at all.

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Do I have something to tell you about Brighton Ave. and congestion.

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Concern troll is concerned.

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Clearly there's only one thing left to do!

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LOL there is fuckall nothing that can be done at an engineering level to ensure everybody can pack up their cars and evacuate the city all at once, Disaster Movie style. Absolute best case scenario is banning all private cars and sending military and school busses to pick people up.

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Just in time for jackhammer scooter season!! Toxic fumes, exhaust, noise, and rage galore with traffic congestion. Be careful what you wish for.

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I wish for safer streets and the ability to get around the city safely outside of a car

The city will be doing these modernization projects to turn loud, dangerous, unsafe 4 lane roads into modern "complete streets" like they did on Tremont and in West Roxbury.

I promise the world will not in fact end if we try to improve society somewhat

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You still haven't improved anything with your bullshit words. Look around. Do u like what you see? People can't walk on sidewalks because they are disgusting.

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Greenwood Street or Greenfield Rd?

And I guess it's ok, but I don't trust the "tree lined" street. Maybe in 30 years with the trees that normally plant.

They said... let's not do any of this and just bring back the trolley reservation and route the High Speed line out to Hyde Park Ave and Forest hills.

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Once this is finished, as well as the off-street path through the Arboretum connecting to Rozzie Square, I'll be able to bike from my home in Jamaica Plain all the way to the Blue Hills without having to share the road with cars. Right now, I drive my car with my mountain bike on the back down to the Blue Hills because there's honestly no great route to get there, but that seems a little ridiculous given that I'm only 7 miles away (by street, not as the crow flies). That'll be one less car on the road!

This also opens up bike access to the Neponset river for a ton of people. Its such a lovely outdoor resource that currently really hard to access.

I agree, its no longer a "highway". Lets rename it to something more fitting.

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How about the Matlock Expressway?

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And I am literally talking about the hill at Calvary Cemetery. I hate running up that, and for someone like me who can't do gears right, cycling would look to be much worse.

I saw the pilot, and in the pilot, I see the potential of this proposal. As the article notes, there could be issues with the funeral homes, but the authorities are going to investigate this. I'm no enemy of motor vehicles, but this being a 4 lane road makes it a bit wilder to drive than it should be. Two lanes is fine, so long as there are turning lanes where there needs to be them.
The remake of the area by the Blue Hill Ave intersection should be interesting, but that's another project.

As for the name, Cummins Highway was once Ashland Street and Oakland Street. As long as Msgr. Cummins continues to be honored, make it Cummins Street.

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When Cummins Highway was built, it was in fact a highway based on it's time frame. Ashland Street was widened and the roadway became a major connector between Roslindale and Mattapan with a streetcar line from end to end.

It is named after Fr. John Cummins who was the founder of the Sacred Heart parish at the topmost point on that roadway. To take this name away would be a major insult to locals, many of whose ancestors expended sweat equity building at church at the top of the hill.

Renaming streets has no impact on how people will perceive a roadway, nor change driving habits. My guess is there is a segment of people that drive that route everyday and forgot the name long ago.

There is no reason beyond egotism and willingness to bury our past for changing this street's name. The name was placed there to honor a major persona that helped Roslindale come together in his day.

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My suggestion above was to remove "Highway", not "Cummins"

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Hill climbing is a lot easier when you don't have to spend as much mental energy on getting run over.

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I've been on multi-skill level group rides that bogged down completely at that hill. I'm all for this change, mostly for traffic calming and pedestrian safety, but certainly also for the grade separated bike lanes. But that hill is always going to be tough for any casual riders.

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There’s a “protected” bike lane on the stretch in question.

Go from American Legion Highway to Wood Avenue by bike someday, then tell us how easy it is.

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I done it several times. It is a great improvement to the ride. I make a little loop down to readville and back on Truman to the Neponset bike trail.

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The Neponset path is a jewel, and has good connections to Milton & Quincy. Those connections to the west and improving everything along Morrissey & the harbor will go a long way towards improving the overall network across the southern parts of the city.

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Dorchester and Mattapan.

We are willing to spend $Billions on gentrifying Somerville and helping developers with South Coast rail while ignoring the needs of a third of the city's population.

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