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Redefining Our Community

This page contains information about the Neighborhood Slow Streets plan for the Redefining Our Community neighborhood.

Neighborhood Slow Streets is Boston's approach to traffic calming on residential streets. 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 Redefining Our Community neighborhood is one of five communities selected to join the program in 2018.

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Latest updates

We are working on incorporating the following proposals into draft plans: 

  • Convert Evans Street to one-way toward Morton Street; add speed humps on Evans Street to slow drivers
  • Create a safer intersection at Milton Avenue and Edson with a mini-roundabout, curb extensions, and new crosswalks
  • Add two raised crosswalks on Milton Avenue

Fall 2019 Updates Summary

Project History

History

We are working on incorporating the following proposals into draft plans: 

  • Convert Evans Street to one-way toward Morton Street; add speed humps on Evans Street to slow drivers
  • Create a safer intersection at Milton Avenue and Edson with a mini-roundabout, curb extensions, and new crosswalks
  • Add two raised crosswalks on Milton Avenue

Fall 2019 Updates Summary

We hosted a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. on June 20 at 45 Stanton Street in Dorchester.  We shared concept plans for community feedback.

June 20 Meeting Flier 

June 20 presentation

We shared design concepts for improving safety at intersections: 

Milton/Edson Intersection design Concepts

Norfolk/Corbet/Nelson and
Hopkins/Corbet Design Concept

We joined community members for a neighborhood walk on Monday, October 8, 2018, at 4 p.m. This walk was an opportunity for community members to share their transportation-related safety concerns. We started at Norfolk Street and Edson Street and neighbors were welcome to join all or some of the walk.

The walk was not the only time or place for community members to provide input on the Neighborhood Slow Streets project. Neighbors can also share their concerns:

What we learned from the walk will supplement:

  • engineering observations
  • data collected through speed and volume studies, and
  • the information provided on the Safety Concerns map and through email and phone calls.

Zone map

2018 Application Period

Neighborhood Slow Streets prioritizes street safety improvements in areas:

  • with a history of serious crashes
  • with a high number of residents more likely to be killed or seriously injured walking or biking (children, older adults, and people living with disabilities)
  • that include places people may walk or bike to (schools, libraries, parks, community centers, bus stops, or transit stations),  and
  • near existing or planned opportunities for walking, biking, or taking transit.

2018 Application Period information