- Department of Conservation & Recreation
Media Contact for Baker Polito Administration Celebrates Roadway Safety Improvements in Town of Stoneham
Olivia Dorrance, Press Secretary
BOSTON — Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Commissioner Jim Montgomery yesterday joined state and local officials to celebrate the completion of roadway safety improvements in the Town of Stoneham. The $700,000 improvement project includes enhancements along Pond Street and at Greenwood Park, which is located across the street from the Stone Zoo.
“The Pond Street improvement project serves as a great example of the Baker-Polito Administration’s dedication to improving the safety of parkway users, such as motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, and others,” said DCR Commissioner Jim Montgomery. “DCR works closely with its partners throughout the state parks system to make improvements that directly benefit the public.”
DCR made several improvements along Pond Street to increase both access and safety, including the construction of two new fully accessible bus stops near the existing crosswalk, which was also reconstructed, between the zoo and the park; the installation of four wheelchair ramps and other accessibility features; the removal of two vehicular lanes at the crosswalk (from four lanes to two lanes) to improve pedestrian safety, the construction of walkways and sidewalk segment; and the installation of new street light poles and fixtures. DCR also constructed new walkways and planted trees at Greenwood Park. Additionally, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) repaved Pond Street as part of the agency’s recently completed water main installation project.
“I’m excited that the long-discussed Stone Zoo bus stop has finally been completed and will now provide greater access to the Zoo and other recreational opportunities for families from throughout the region,” said Senator Jason Lewis (D-Winchester). “This project has been very challenging and I’m grateful for the collaboration, hard work, and persistence of the MBTA, DCR, Town of Stoneham, Stoneham Transportation Advisory Committee, Zoo New England, and Rep. Day that it took to get this done.”
“This new bus stop will further enhance access to this area, bringing the Stone Zoo, Spot Pond, Greenwood Park and all of the natural attractions of the Fells much closer to our families,” said Representative Michael Day (D-Stoneham). “This was a true team effort, requiring cooperation from the DCR, the MBTA, our legislative team, town officials, Zoo New England staff and Stoneham citizen advocacy groups to make this a reality. I welcome the addition of this new stop and look forward to future collaborations that will improve the lives of our residents.”
“On behalf of the Town of Stoneham, I would like to take this moment to extend our gratitude to the number of partners that were involved in making this much needed public transportation improvement happen. Our local delegation, the staff at the DCR, MBTA, and Stone Zoo as well as our Town staff and local transportation advocates all played a part in making this a reality. I look forward to a brighter future as this stop serves residents and visitors from around the Boston region in our community,” said Stoneham Town Administrator Dennis J. Sheehan.