BOSTON- ELLIS ELEMENTARY TRAFFIC CALMING (SRTS)
The Ellis Elementary Traffic Calming Project will slow vehicle speeds and provide safer crossings on routes near Ellis Elementary and surroundings schools. Proposed interventions are focused along Walnut Avenue, Humboldt Avenue, and the intersection of Harold/Crawford/Abbotsford Street. The suite of MassDOT-funded interventions include raised crossings, raised intersections, curb extensions, and signal timing revisions. Specifically:
-Walnut Avenue interventions include a raised crossing on the north side of the Ruthven Street intersection, raised intersections at Westminster Avenue and Cobden Street, and curb extensions at the Walnut Avenue/Crawford Street/Holworth Street intersection.
-Humboldt Avenue interventions include curb extensions at Munroe Street, Townsend Street, Waumbeck Street, and Crawford Street intersections; and signal timing improvements at MLK Jr Boulevard, Townsend Street, Wyoming Street, Waumbeck Street, and Crawford Street intersections.
-A preferred alternative for the Harold/Crawford/Abbotsford Street intersection will be determined during the concept design phase, but interventions under consideration include: a combination of operational changes (e.g. revising street directions, improving visibility, clarifying yielding, etc.) and geometric changes (curb extensions, traffic circles).
In addition, supplementary traffic calming interventions will be funded and implemented by the City of Boston to compliment this MassDOT Safe Routes to School Infrastructure Grant. These interventions include mid-block speed humps on neighborhood streets connecting to Walnut Avenue and Humboldt Avenue (Hutchings Street, Homestead Street, Ruthven Street, Crawford Street, Waumbeck Street, Deckard Street, Abbotsford Street, Harold Street, Harrishof Street, and Townsend Street), crosswalk striping on Humboldt Avenue, a speed feedback sign on Humboldt Avenue in the northbound direction, and on-street bike lanes on Humboldt Avenue between Seaver Street and Walnut Avenue. Specific locations of speed humps, crosswalks, and the speed feedback sign to be determined through an ongoing City-led community process.