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Highland Park

This page contains information about the Neighborhood Slow Streets plan for the Highland Park neighborhood.

Neighborhood Slow Streets is a new approach to traffic calming requests in Boston. We're focused on street designs that self-enforce slower speeds and safer behaviors. Through this program, we aim to:

  • reduce the number and severity of crashes on residential streets
  • lessen the impacts of traffic, and
  • add to the quality of life in our neighborhoods.

Highland Park is one of five communities that was selected to join the program in 2017.

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  • For general information about the Neighborhood Slow Streets program, visit the Neighborhood Slow Streets page.

2021 construction season

Construction crews began working in Highland Park in 2021.

Over the winter months, new drainage connections were made ahead of curb extensions and new crosswalk locations.

In early summer, we began to install speed humps on several streets. We aim to complete this work by the end of October 2021.

We also constructed safer crosswalks at the intersection of Marcella Street and Highland Street. We built a raised crosswalk on Centre Street near the Nathan Hale School.

We will construct the following elements in 2022:

  • Highland Avenue at Centre Street: crossing island and curb extension

In 2022, we will advance engineering design for:

  • Ritchie Street at Marcella Street: mini roundabout and curb extensions

A future capital project will revisit the design options for:

  • Centre Street at Linwood Street: accessible crosswalk along Centre Street

Centre Street Traffic Calming

In response to community requests, we hosted a virtual public meeting on July 20. In this meeting, we reviewed the Neighborhood Slow Streets process for the Highland Park zone. We shared details about our design plans for Centre Street. We spoke together in small groups to share concerns and ideas. No decisions were made in this meeting.

Over the coming weeks, we will review all comments we have heard from residents. We will summarize what we heard and share it on this website and via our email list. We will communicate our findings and possible changes to the design plans to the neighborhood. Please note that at this late date, we have limited capacity to make major changes.

All construction for Centre Street is paused, but continues in other parts of the neighborhood.

View the plan!

View the changes in the Highland Park Neighborhood Slow Streets Zone, coming this year!

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Project history

Project history

Based on community feedback, we will design a mini-roundabout at Marcella Street and Ritchie Street.

As part of our Neighborhood Slow Streets project, we shared two options for slowing traffic and improving safety at the intersection:

  1. a mini-roundabout, or
  2. an all-way stop.
Choosing the mini-roundabout

We heard neighbors’ preference for the mini-roundabout over the three-way stop option at community meetings and in our online feedback form. The mini-roundabout design:

  • slows traffic while allowing continuing traffic flow
  • requires drivers to yield to people crossing the street, and
  • allows large vehicles, such as buses and trucks to drive over the mini-roundabout if necessary.

After the May 17, 2018, public meeting, we collected feedback on the focus areas through an online survey. Community members were asked to share their ideas for:

  • improving crossing Center Street on foot
  • managing traffic flow through the southern part of the neighborhood
  • improving safety on Cedar Street near the Nathan Hale school
  • improving safety on Millmont Street and Guild Street, and
  • reducing speeds and improving safety on their street or at other locations.

We met with residents from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Hawthorne Youth and Community Center at 9 Fulda Street.

May 17 presentation

Traffic flow data*

May 17 Meeting Flier

*Speed data are available in the presentation.

We joined community members for a neighborhood walk on Monday, September 25, at 5:30 p.m. We started at the Roxbury Crossing MBTA stop. What we learned from the walk will supplement information:

  • received in the application
  • reported through the Vision Zero Safety Concerns map, and
  • collected through speed and volume studies. 

Neighbors were welcome to join all or some of the walk. The walk was not the only time or place that neighbors can provide input on the Neighborhood Slow Streets project. Neighbors can also share their concerns at future public meetings about the project.

Highland Park Neighborhood Slow Streets Map


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Zone streets* - Streets that we will evaluate for traffic calming improvements


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Private ways - Streets that are privately owned, so we will not be able to make changes to them


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Other streets - Streets that are outside of the zone, regardless of who owns them, or streets that are within the zone boundaries and will not be evaluated for traffic calming

*All streets that we will consider for changes are marked as "zone streets." During the planning process, we may determine that some streets won’t see any changes. We generally will not consider any additional streets that are not marked as “zone streets."

  • Have questions? Contact:

  • Get updates

    Sign up to get email updates specific to Highland Park!

  • For general information about the Neighborhood Slow Streets program, visit the Neighborhood Slow Streets page.

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