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McCormack Civic Association to examine making Clapp and Enterprise Streets one-way

Posted by Patrick Rosso  December 19, 2012 03:52 PM

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Members of the McCormack Civic AssociationMcCormack Civic Association say they are fed up with the traffic and parking situation on Enterprise and Clapp Streets.

The two roads, which connect to Massachusetts Avenue and Boston Street, run in both directions. Parking on the streets, excluding a portion of Clapp Street, is largely unregulated.

Residents at the group’s annual holiday party Tuesday night said the streets have become treacherous to navigate and cars cannot safely pass each other.

“A suggestion was brought to us to make one of the streets potentially one-way up from the [South Bay Shoping Center] and one one-way down to the mall,” said Desmond Rohan, a member of the group’s executive board.

Some said that making both the streets one-way would allow residents and businesses to still safely park on the streets without affecting traffic flow.

“Even if there is parking on both sides with the one-way streets you will still be able to get up and down,” said Millie Rooney, a member of the group’s executive board.

The two streets, which run parallel to each other, connect at the Advanced Auto Parts, located off of Massachusetts Avenue and also lead to Boston Street. Populated by businesses and residential structures, the streets are also home to industrial uses. Cars park when allowed along both sides of the roads, often pulling up onto the curb to make room, residents said.

Long-time residents added that parking has become worse on the streets since Boston Street was made "residential parking" and that something needs to be done.

“I’m suggesting you make your one-way come up Enterprise Street from Massachusetts Avenue and there also needs to be signage on Enterprise Street,” said Peggy Mullen, a 22-year resident of the street. “There’s nothing there [signage on Enterprise Street], there never has been, and it’s getting worse.”

Rooney said the group hasn’t formally perused the issue with the Boston Transportation Department, which regulates Boston’s streets, but said the group will be working in the coming months to organize a meeting with representatives from BTD to further discuss the issue.

The McCormack Civic Association meets on the third Tuesday of the month. The group's next meeting is Jan. 15 from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta Church located at 800 Columbia Rd.

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