As an initial step toward the goal of improving safety and accessibility for all users along the Arborway and improving access to open spaces such as the Arnold Arboretum and Jamaica Pond, the Department of Conservation (DCR) in March 2019 began a Road Safety Audit (RSA) of the parkway area in Jamaica Plain extending from west of Eliot Street as the northern terminus, to west of South Street, on the southern.
Over the next few months, in consultation with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the engineering and planning firm of Howard Stein Hudson, and with input provided by community stakeholders, the final Road Safety Audit Report was completed in September 2019.
The report identifies within the study area existing safety issues of speed, pedestrian and bicycle access and ADA accommodations, lighting, geometry, pavement marking, and signage. It also describes some potential short-term and long-term safety improvements, the former to be considered for implementation prior to a more significant longer-term construction project, and the latter to be evaluated during an upcoming design phase. DCR is assembling a Request for Response (RFR) for a transportation engineering design consultant, and expects to hire a firm in the fall of 2019.
As part of a robust public process, DCR is holding a public meeting on November 21, 2019 to share information on the RSA process; the short-term improvements that will be or have been made by the agency along the parkway; and, the upcoming design phase for long-term parkway reconfiguration and improvements.