Archive for the ‘Mass. Ave.’ Category

New center design, scofflaw drivers may put cyclists at risk

A video showing motorists making illegal turns into bicycle and pedestrian traffic seems to corroborate fears that the design of a new bike lane in Arlington Center is flawed.

The illegal turns are shown in a bike-cam’s-eye view of the ride across Arlington Center outbound, using new bike facilities including a new signal at Swan Place. It was recorded and posted on YouTube by Brian Ristuccia.

Nobody was hurt, but someone could have been.

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Snappy new video is vague on bicycles

Experienced cyclists, like motorists, may proceed through the intersection cautiously after stopping at the stop sign.

That explanation is one of the few things missing from the 2-minute video the Town of Arlington made to explain the new traffic signal in Arlington Center.

Source: Town of Arlington.

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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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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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Mass. Ave. Project II

Just when you thought we were done

with the Mass. Ave. Project…

Phase II of the Mass. Ave. Project kicks off at Town Hall on Wednesday night.

Phase II of the Mass. Ave. Project kicks off at Town Hall on Wednesday night.

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Mass. Ave. punch list grows short

checklistSpring is in the air, and the construction contractor for Mass. Ave. is finishing up and preparing to leave us to our own devices.

The punch list for this project, so many years in the making, includes traffic signals, sidewalks, and the planned median area in the business district. There are other smaller bit of work to take care of as well.

The traffic signals have, apparently, finally got signal cameras installed and activated. I believe I saw them in action on Tuesday.

The traffic light at Lake St. has always given an advanced left turn from Mass. Ave onto Lake, allowing three or sometimes four alert drivers to make that turn before an eastbound green cuts off the stream.

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