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State studying foot, bike access to Jamaica Pond along Perkins Street

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  December 6, 2010 09:00 AM

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The state is conducting a three- to six-month traffic study focusing on improving safety and access for pedestrians and cyclists who cross Perkins Street to and from Jamaica Pond, officials said.

Five crosswalks along Centre Street will also be repainted in the next few weeks, weather permitting, said a release from state Representative Jeffrey Sánchez, who applauded the measures being taken by the state conservation department.

The crosswalk repainting will be done along Centre Street at Hillcroft Road, Louders Lane, Rambler Road, Westchester Road, and Whitcomb Avenue, officials said.

The Perkins Street study will measure and take the roadway’s vehicular and foot traffic into account during both winter and spring, said the release An October community meeting at which residents express concern about a lack of safe crossing to the pond prompted the study.

“DCR is taking steps in the right direction to making Jamaica Plain an even more welcoming neighborhood for pedestrians,” Sánchez said in the release. “They made promises to the residents of Jamaica Plain and Cabot Estates and they have kept those promises.”

“DCR is committed to ensuring public safety and access along all the agency roadways,” Richard K. Sullivan Jr., commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Recreation added in the released “We thank Representative Sanchez and the entire Jamaica Plain legislative delegation for their continued support of DCR and its mission.”

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

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