Centre Street Design Project
Centre Street, from Lagrange Street to West Roxbury Parkway, is in the heart of the West Roxbury Main Streets district, but has a history of speeding and crashes that have resulted in death and injury. It can be challenging to cross the street, ride a bike, or even drive to access schools, the library, parks, recreational facilities, local businesses, and other destinations.
Having walk- and bike-friendly Main Streets districts was the top-voted project in Go Boston 2030. No matter how you arrive, some part of the trip involves walking. To that end, we're creating a plan to calm traffic on Centre Street and make it safer, more pedestrian friendly, and better for the many small businesses that line the corridor.
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August 2023 Design Update
August 2023 Design Update- Full List of Changes
- North of Lagrange St
- Between Willow St and Corey St
Westbound Side Streets:
- Redlands Rd
- Maple St
- Corey St
- Hastings St
- Park St
- Richwood St
- Mount Vernon St
- Temple St
Eastbound Side Streets:
- Willow St
- Corey St
- Park St
- Bellevue St
- Lansdeer St
- Saint Theresa Ave
Roll Plan- August 2023
Addressing Safety and Design Approach
- Crossing Centre Street is stressful, especially for older adults and families with children.
- Driving can be challenging when making left turns.
- Slower speeds would make it more comfortable to walk and enjoy Main Streets businesses.
- Customers need to be able to access the street’s small businesses.
- Deliveries need to be made with minimal traffic impacts.
- Minimize impact to on-street parking.
- Ensure sufficient road capacity on Centre Street so that traffic is not diverted onto side streets.
- Accommodate the Lyndon School pick-up & drop-off to ensure student and parent safety.
- One travel lane each direction plus left turn lanes provides:
- more predictable turns
- fewer traffic lanes to cross while turning, and
- less weaving to pass drivers who are waiting to make a left turn.
- Simplified traffic pattern prevents speeding and “double threat,” where drivers pass stopped vehicles without seeing a pedestrian in the crosswalk.
- Retimed signals for better coordination and more time for pedestrians to cross.
- Bus stop adjustments to meet MBTA guidelines to provide more even spacing and better bus maneuvering.
- Parking-protected bike lanes along most of the corridor.
- Better management of curb space for loading, deliveries, pick-up/dropoff activities, and short-term parking.