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Sharrows On Dot Ave! And An Update To South Huntington Bike Lanes

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 12

Got this tip from Fenway today

Sharrows have been added on Dorchester Avenue from at least Richmond Street to Gallivan Boulevard in front of the Carney Hospital. They’ve been there since the middle of the week. I’m not sure but they might extend all the way down to the intersection with Washington Street.

I am pretty happy they are starting to work on Dot Ave. That used to be part of my daily commute and I can tell you that it wasn’t that bad…but could be a lot better. There is room for bike lanes over most of the northern half, and in my opinion some interesting things could be done with the southern half if you got creative with time shift parking (park on one side in the morning, park on the other in the evening ala the restrictions on many neighborhood streets.) But I think they are going the sharrow on the narrow part, bike lanes on the wide part (I don’t know for sure yet though). I also know they are redoing the intersections on that street to make them more bike and ped friendly.

I will have to get down that way this week and take some pics in the mean time here is a snippet of video from the south Huntington Lanes going in (mentioned here). As always if anyone has any pics of video send them my way!

I rode in them today and I can tell you they are going to be nice and wide, with a buffer on the parking side for a lot of it, and only a couple spots of door zone (ish) areas. They should also help to slow traffic down a bit in that stretch as cars tend to go slower in narrower lanes.


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DotBike Reveals Details On New Dot. Ave. Bike Lanes, Sharrows And Bike Boxes!

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 07

I used to live down in Dorchester, and would go up and down Dot. Ave. every day, I can say the following is very good news.

From DotBike

The plans have been finalized for bike lanes and sharrows on Dorchester Avenue. They are expected to be installed by the end of July. From the north, the lanes start at Broadway and end at Hoyt St., which is part of the Glover’s Corner intersection that includes Freeport Street. There are a few blocks of sharrows instead of bike lanes around Andrew Square. The sharrows continue from Hoyt St. south to where Dot Ave ends at the intersection of Adam’s St. and Washington St. in Lower Mills.

Plans for intersection redesigns (which will be completed later) include bike boxes in Fields Corner at Centre, Park and Gibson Streets, at Glover’s Corner and Savin Hill Ave. and in Andrew Square.

It’s riding weather, but not all of us Dot Bike regulars ride on The Avenue daily. So if you see bike lanes painted, please let us know at [email protected]

Bike lanes will also be painted on the new smooooooth Talbot Ave. later this summer. No date set yet.

Hope everyone is enjoying the long sunny days for riding!

This is great news, and hopefully will allow for nice north/south travel through Dorchester. Also would be a great connector to points south like the Neponset river green way, and the harbor walk.

We are getting precariously close to having a decent bike lane system, if this pace keeps up for a couple more years Boston might be knocking on the door of Cambridge as the regional bike infrastructure leader. I for one can’t wait!


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MassDOT Redoing Dot Ave.

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 16

I used to ride up and down this street at least twice a day, good to see they are going to be reworking most of the intersections, cause boy howdy did it need it. Stay tuned to DotBike here and MassBike for more information.

Press Release Below

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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) today unveiled a new website www.mass.gov/massdot/dotave devoted to keeping residents and area businesses informed about the progress of the $15.6 million Dorchester Avenue stimulus project.

The project, which is being overseen by MassDOT in close collaboration with the City of Boston, is part of the Patrick-Murray Administration’s Massachusetts Recovery Plan to secure the state’s economic future. As part of MassDOT’s community engagement plan, an update will be sent via email to the community and added to www.mass.gov/massdot/dotave every two weeks highlighting a general description of work locations, activities and hours. Specific anticipated lane closures and any restrictions on parking and pedestrian travel ways throughout the project work area will be included.

The work schedule from March 15-26 is as follows:
Traffic signal and conduit installation at Peabody Square, East Cottage/Crescent, Old Colony. The Clock island fence at Peabody Square will be removed. The work hours are 7am – 3pm weekdays. At Peabody Square, the pass through that runs between the clock island and Store 24 will be closed. There will be no parking in the work zone from 7am – 4pm, Mon. – Fri. If you have questions or concerns please send feedback to [email protected] or call MassDOT’s community engagement contact at 617-248-2822.

The Dorchester Avenue project will will improve safety and mobility at four major intersections along the Dorchester Avenue corridor: Andrews Square, Glover’s Corner, Fields Corner and Peabody Square. An additional 11 intersections will receive traffic signal equipment upgrades and interconnection and hardwire control to the City of Boston Traffic Management Center. All intersections will see accessibility and bicycle accommodation improvements.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation, MassDOT, is the unified transportation organization serving the residents and visitors of Massachusetts with a focus on public safety, customer service and efficiency. MassDOT is governed by a five member board, managed by a Secretary/CEO, and includes four divisions: Highway, Rail & Transit, Registry of Motor Vehicles, and Aeronautics. MassDOT was created on November 1, 2009, the result of a historic transportation reform law signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick in June 2009.

For transportation news and updates visit MassDOT online at our website: www.mass.gov/massdot, blog: www.mass.gov/blog/transportation, or follow MassDOT on twitter at www.twitter.com/massdot. John Romano Municipal Affairs Liaison Massachusetts Department of Transportation Direct: 617.248.2822 | Mobile 617.438.4301 For news and updates check out our website www.mass.gov/massdot blog at www.mass.gov/blog/transportation or follow us on twitter at www.twitter.com/massdot


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