For Immediate Release - October 24, 2013

DCR Announces Traffic Improvements at Morrissey Boulevard and Bianculli Boulevard in Dorchester

BOSTON – Thursday, October 24, 2013 – Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Commissioner Jack Murray today announced that work will begin on Monday, October 28 to implement traffic improvement measures at the intersection of Morrissey Boulevard and Bianculli Boulevard in Dorchester.

The traffic enhancements, which will take a few weeks to fully complete, will improve southbound traffic flow on Morrissey Boulevard and will be performed around commuter traffic on the Patten’s Cove side of the boulevard.

“DCR is excited to share this news with the local community and those who utilize Morrissey Boulevard,” said Commissioner Murray. “The modification to traffic flow at this location and the improvements we are making will go a long way toward enhancing use of this roadway by both commuters and pedestrians.”

Specifically, these traffic improvements will change the current southbound traffic on the Morrissey Boulevard access road from three left-turning lanes toward UMass Boston and a single straight lane into a new configuration of two left-turning lanes and two dedicated lanes continuing southbound. To achieve this new configuration, the existing traffic light island will be removed and a new traffic light mast arm will be installed with a cement base adjacent to the sidewalk. Once the new traffic lights, conduits and cables are installed, the existing traffic island will be removed and the area will be re-striped.

The recently-implemented “all stop” for pedestrians will also be preserved. Pedestrians will be able to activate the “all stop” by using a push-button on the new mast arm.

“The modifications that DCR will implement next week are crucial to the safety of pedestrians and commuters that utilize Morrissey and Bianculli Boulevards on a daily basis”, said Senator Linda Dorcena Forry. “I am pleased DCR has a strategy to accommodate anticipated traffic while these improvements are being made, and commend Jack Murray for listening to the community and making this project a priority.”

"These improvements have been needed for quite some time, and I'm extremely pleased that DCR will be taking action," said Representative Martin J. Walsh. "This area needs to be safe for pedestrians and the significant foot traffic nearby, but we also need to relieve congestion for the thousands of commuters who travel through here. I was proud to work on this project with my friend and colleague, Linda Dorcena Forry, and I look forward to seeing these improvements come to fruition."

The project will cost approximately $130,000 and will utilize existing contracts with Siemens Industries, Inc. and D&R Paving of Melrose.

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), an agency of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, oversees 450,000 acres of parks and forests, beaches, bike trails, watersheds, dams, and parkways. Led by Commissioner John P. Murray, the agency’s mission is to protect, promote, and enhance our common wealth of natural, cultural, and recreational resources. To learn more about DCR, our facilities, and our programs, please visit www.mass.gov/dcr.