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Work to install Jamaicaway traffic light set to begin in November

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  September 16, 2010 03:43 PM

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Initial plans shown at a January public meeting for changes to the intersection of Jamaicaway and Eliot Street.

The installation of a pedestrian-activated traffic light and other roadwork at the intersection of the Jamaicaway and Eliot Street is set to begin in November.

The project is scheduled to be finished in the spring and includes the traffic signal, roadway realignments, median alterations, new signs, and steps to make the intersection more handicapped-accessible.

The price tag for the construction is expected to be around $170,000, according to the Department of Conservation and Recreation, which is using its capital funds to pay for the project.

The conservation department is soliciting bids and expects to award a contract for the work this fall, spokeswoman Wendy Fox said.

Once a contract is awarded, a public meeting will be scheduled to address construction hours and how the work will affect traffic. Sketches of the intersection redesign will be also available, she said.

The four-lane Jamaicaway runs along the eastern edge of Jamaica Pond. Eliot Street, a one-way roadway that heads east of the pond, is a common spot for pedestrians and bicyclists to cross en route to paths circling the pond.

“The expectation is that the new light will not have an adverse effect on Jamaicaway vehicle traffic,” Fox said.

The redesign plans for the intersection were drawn up under a partnership between the conservation department and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. Two public meetings were held to solicit ideas for the intersection of Eliot and Jamaicaway and for changes to two other neighborhood intersections on the opposite site of Jamaica Pond along Parkman Drive – near Parkman Memorial and at Kelley Circle.

“Eliot Street was the top priority of residents and participants in DCR’s public meetings,” Fox said. “DCR will address the other two locations as funding becomes available.”

The other two locations would cost around $200,000 combined, according to an initial presentation made in January.

“The Eliot Street crossing will provide the neighborhood and other park users a protected and safe way to conveniently reach one of Boston's most beloved parks,” said Julie Crockford, president of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. “The project exemplifies what we can accomplish in a public-private partnership, and my hope is that other two crossings will be built next year.”

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at mjrochele@gmail.com.

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Initial design plans shown at a January public meeting for changes to roadways surrounding Jamaica Pond to improve pedestrian access to trails circling the pond.

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