Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Traffic and Parking Continues to Observe Lowell Street Light
After submitting legislative item number 194256, asking "That the Director of Traffic and Parking recalibrate the traffic signal on Medford Street to allow more vehicles to exit Lowell Street onto Medford Street," Alderman O'Donovan received his answer at Thursday's Board of Aldermen meeting.
Director of Traffic and Parking Matt Dias responded to the order, stating: "The traffic signals at the intersection of Medford St and Lowell St are part of the Magoun Square reconstruction project. This is a MassDOT construction Project. This project is still technically not complete, as the signal timing for this traffic signal has not been finalized and accepted by the City of Somerville.
However, Traffic and Parking has continuously observed the signal timings at this intersection and notified the Design Consultant that the signal timing is not in compliance with the contract specifications. The contractor has revised the signal timing several times. The traffic signal timing at this intersection is currently an ongoing process.
Traffic and Parking cannot adjust the traffic signal timings at this intersection until the signal timings are in compliance with the contract documents and accepted by the City. However, Traffic and Parking will continue to observe the traffic signal timings at this intersection and work toward a solution that benefits Magoun Square and the City of Somerville."
I'm happy to see that Traffic and Parking is continuing to look in to this matter and would like to thank the residents on the Magoun Square United listserv who offered their observations and suggestions on this issue.