Arlington slows down

Speed Limit 25

The default speed limit town wide will drop to 25 miles per hour, from 30, on May 1, after a vote by the Board of Selectmen. Will it make a difference?

The new limits will apply generally to roads in town that do not have a posted limit. Route 2 is not affected.

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Beware the HAWK

There will be no green light at the traffic signal that will regulate the new pedestrian crosswalk over Mass. Ave. in Arlington Center.

At that location, drivers and pedestrians will encounter a new kind of traffic signal unlike any in the area. The potential for confusion, and even injury, is real.

Phase-by-phase diagram of HAWK signal

There’s no green. Click for larger. Source: U.S. Federal Highway Administration

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New Mass. Ave. trees may be work’s end

Check out the ring of fresh dark dirt around this tree on Mass. Ave.:

A newkt okabted A newly planted tree on Mass. Ave. on mass. Ave.

One of the new trees catches the chilly December 10 sun.

That dirt shows that the tree is one of many replacements planted last week by J.H. Lynch, the contractor for the Mass. Ave. Project. The trees replace those that were not planted properly or had not done well on their own in the drought.
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Photos of the frabjous day

A utility worker prepares to transfer cables to a new pole, allowing Mass. Ave construction to finally proceed to its end. October xx photo from Aileen G. P.

A utility worker prepares to transfer cables to a new pole, allowing Mass. Ave construction to finally proceed to its end. September 28 photo from Aileen G.- P.

As previously reported, Eversource finally allowed J.F. Lynch to complete the Mass. Ave. sidewalks in East Arlington by shifting the cables from an old utility pole to a new one in Capitol Square.

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Mass. Ave. project finally ends as Eversource twitches to life

A fresh pour near the corner of Teel St. on the evening of October 3.

A fresh pour near the corner of Teel St. on the evening of October 3.

Nearly a year after the ribbon-cutting for the Mass. Ave. Project in East Arlington, contractor J.H. Lynch isĀ  pouring concrete into the last stretches of Mass. Ave. sidewalk.

Eversource, the power company once known as Boston Edison (and then as NStar), last week shifted the last power cable from an old utility pole across from Lake Street, allowing the pole to be removed and the pouring to take place.
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Broadway Plaza at heart of vision for center

A boldly re-imagined Broadway Plaza keynotes an otherwise conventional redesign of Arlington Center that consultants presented at Town Hall on Thursday night.

Broadway Plaza and Memorial park joined and reconfigured.

Broadway Plaza and the memorial park joined and reconfigured. For reference, the Civil War monument near the center of the drawing remains at its current location. Click for close-up. Source: Town of Arlington.

The fourth and final public meeting on the conceptual design was also marked by skepticism about bike lanes from an unexpected source

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Added: Visual nudge to merge

A few licks of paint added last July direct drivers to merge as they enter Arlington westbound from Cambridge. Are they effective?

Two arrows and a dotted line point drivers left. The markings were added in late July and were not part of the original pan for the street.

Two arrows and a dotted line point drivers left. The markings were added in late July and were not part of the original pan for the street.

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The greening of the Mass. Ave. bike lanes

Mass. Ave. got some attention last week in the form of vivid green color in 2 bike lane locations.

There's no missing the bike lane on this busy eastbound approach to Lake St.

There’s no missing the bike lane on this busy eastbound approach to Lake St. The green was added last week.

Since this marking was not specified in the final plans for the project (correction: It was so), I think it was almost certainly added by the Town.

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What a difference a year makes

Feast of the East, June 18 2016.

Feast of the East, June 18 2016.

Compare this year’s scene at Feast of the East with last year’s construction site fest.

‘Bricked’ flush median soaks up width

Last week, contractors put the finishing touches on the flat, traversable median on Mass. Ave. in the business district in East Arlington.

Northwest from the Marathon St. crosswalk

Northwest from the Marathon St. crosswalk

The median now sports a fake-brick treatment that is surprisingly convincing.
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‘Walkshop’ visits Mass. Ave. problems and hopes

Geoffrey Morrison-Logan led the session by the library.

Geoffrey Morrison-Logan of VHB led the session by the library.

Arlington residents took to the streets on Thursday to explore and critique parks, intersections, and blocks along Mass. Ave between Pond Lane and Mill Street.

The so-called walkshop was the second of three public meetings the Town is holding to discuss possible improvements to the central business district, including streets and sidewalks.

Participants gathered outside Town Hall at 6 pm before breaking into groups by site, each led by a staff member from Vanesse Hangen Brustlin, an engineering firm. Some people visited more than one site.
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Arlington Center planning begins

Broadway Plaza, Whittemore Park, sidewalks, lighting, and the planted median on Mass. Ave. were all in play in Arlington Center as the planning phase for Mass. Ave. II began last week with a presentation and workshop at the Town Hall Auditorium.

One of four groups weighed ideas for Arlington Center at Wednesday's meeting

One of four groups weighed ideas for Arlington Center at Wednesday’s meeting

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