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.
The Talbot-Norfolk Triangle is one of two pilot communities that joined the program in 2016. This spring, in 2021, we will install changes that will slow speeds, turns, and make crossings safer at Southern Avenue and Whitfield Street and Talbot Avenue and Colonial Avenue.
In 2016, we began working with residents in the Talbot-Norfolk-Triangle neighborhood. Our goal is to design safer crossings and intersections that encourage slower turns and safer speeds.
Beginning on Monday, April 5, 2021, construction crews will build:
- a raised crosswalk at Elmhurst Park
- a raised crosswalk and curb extension at Colonial Avenue and Talbot Avenue, and
- a mini-roundabout or "traffic comma" at Southern Avenue and Whitfield Street.
Key street safety improvements
Southern Avenue and Whitfield Street 'Traffic Comma'
Shaped like a "comma," the mini-roundabout and curb extensions at Southern Avenue and Whitfield Street will guide safer, slower movements through the intersection.
Talbot Avenue and Colonial Avenue
A wide intersection with visibility issues will become a regular, "T-intersection" with curb extensions and a raised crossing.
Elmhurst Park Raised Crosswalk
A raised crosswalk at Elmhurst Park slows speeds and creates a safer, more comfortable crossing.