Mounting concerns about pedestrian safety on Morrissey Boulevard prompted a roadside huddle this afternoon featuring elected officials, State Police and state transportation officials, who promised to "immediately make improvements" at the intersection of Morrissey and Bianculli Boulevard.
Senator Jack Hart, Rep. Marty Walsh and City Councillor Frank Baker met on site today with senior officials from the Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, UMass Boston officials and State Police.
State Rep. Martin Walsh says he’ll convene a meeting of Columbia Point and Savin Hill stakeholders and transportation officials soon to “begin the process” of redesigning a troubled intersection that also serves as the entrance to UMass Boston’s campus and the Columbia Point peninsula.
That’s welcome news for both pedestrians and motorists, for whom this intersection has become more than an aggravation. It’s a public hazard. Read more
Sep. 10, 2012
Crews installed a Hubway bike-sharing kiosk across from the Campus Center on the UMass Boston campus on Friday, Sept. 7. The 19-dock solar-powered station is part of an expansion of the popular Hubway system: Another kiosk was also installed last week at JFK-UMass station.
“We are very excited to bring the Hubway program to campus,” said Diane D’Arrigo, assistant vice chancellor for campus services at UMass Boston. “As part of our transportation demand management efforts on campus, we are always looking at new ways to offer more convenient, alternative commuting options to the UMass Boston community and our neighbors.”
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A Savin Hill woman — fed up with the lack of a fix to a dangerous pedestrian crossing on Morrissey Boulevard— has produced a short video that illustrates the hazards at the intersection. The video, made by Heidi Moesinger, was circulated to State Police and elected officials last Friday and shows motorists blowing through a red light as a pedestrian attempts to cross the boulevard on a walk signal. Residents say that the failure to better police the intersection or find an engineering fix — as highlighted by the Reporter in recent articles— is a tragedy in the making. Read more
Executives at Corcoran Jennison Companies are planning the construction of a six-story apartment building at the intersection of Mt. Vernon St. and Morrissey Boulevard. A nonprofit funded by developer is also in the conceptual stages of potentially remaking Mt. Vernon St. through the expansion of sidewalks and creation of space for bicycles. Read more
UMass Boston officials are aiming to break ground on their next academic building this winter and hope to have the $113 million structure open by summer 2015. The building will include chemistry teaching labs and house studios for the arts department and performing arts, which are currently scattered across the Columbia Point campus.
The 181,000-square foot facility will be located next to the Campus Center, a site currently being used for parking. It will include studios for producing sculptures, photography, painting and video; dance and acting students, a 150-seat recital hall and a theater that could hold up to 200 people. Read more
Reporter readers have raised the volume on their complaints in recent weeks about a Morrissey Boulevard intersection that has long been a nuisance for both pedestrians and motorists. Read more
Safety concerns about the heavily trafficked intersection of Morrissey and Bianculli boulevards near UMass Boston,The Boston Globe, and Boston College High School, are drawing attention from residents and local elected officials alike.
One top lawmaker, Rep. Marty Walsh, said the state may need to “reconstruct the whole intersection” to alleviate the concerns about the crossroad that in addition to vehicular traffic also accommodates numerous pedestrians, given adjacent attractions like Patten’s Cove on one side of Morrissey Boulevard and the Harborwalk, which rings the university campus, on the other.
U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren will be making her first appearance in the annual Dorchester Day Parade on Sunday, where she'll be joined by her chief rival Scott Brown.
Warren will be marching in the third division, while Brown will be in the chief marshal's division. (It's customary for incumbents to march ahead of challengers.)