BOSTON — Seeking to continue to improve pedestrian and vehicular safety across all Commonwealth parkways, the Baker-Polito Administration today announced a roadway improvement project at the intersection of Fellsway East and Savin Street in the City of Malden. The project, which is estimated to cost approximately $60,000 and is being funded through the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Fiscal Year 2019 budget, will eliminate a traffic lane, reduce the length of the pedestrian crosswalk, affix new pavement markings, install new granite curbing, make drainage adjustments, and conduct electrical box adjustments. Recently, the DCR began construction work earlier this month, and is expecting to complete the work in summer 2019.
“The Baker-Polito Administration continues to prioritize roadway projects throughout the Commonwealth in an effort to make them safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and other users” said DCR Commissioner Leo Roy. “I would like to thank Mayor Gary Christenson for his leadership in working cooperatively with the Department of Conservation and Recreation to address roadway safety issues at the intersection of Fellsway East and Savin Street, and we look forward to celebrating the completion of the project.”
“Pedestrian safety is a primary concern for my administration,” said Mayor Gary Christenson. “We will continue to identify those areas that represent a safety risk for our residents and propose solutions to resolve those. Having partners in the Baker-Polito Administration and DCR make solving challenges such as this one possible, and I’m appreciative of the proactive approach they took in making this a priority.”
In fall 2018, a pedestrian was struck and seriously injured while in the crosswalk on the south side of the intersection. In response, DCR engineers conducted a site survey, and developed improvement designs to the intersection. In order to enact swift improvements to the intersection, DCR shared the design plans with the city and state and local officials prior to moving forward with the proposed project.
“I am pleased that the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will be completing this project at an intersection that has been a worry to me and many of my constituents for some time,” said State Representative Paul J. Donato (D-Medford). “I will continue to work with both local and state agencies to identify other locations of concern and to address safety issues in those areas.”
“This project is a warm welcome and drastically needed for the safety and wellbeing of the residents in our city,” said State Representative Steven Ultrino (D-Malden). “The people of Malden have patiently waited for this critical improvement towards pedestrian safety and I’m excited to see the construction begin.”
“I am proud to have worked with city officials and DCR to ensure this improvement in infrastructure will increase safety for our residents,” said State Representative Paul Brodeur (D-Melrose).
“Malden residents and commuters are unfortunately all too familiar with the unsafe conditions for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists on the Fellsway East from Pleasant Street to Highland Avenue,” said State Senator Jason Lewis (D-Winchester). “I believe that these improvements will make the Savin Street crossing safer for both drivers and pedestrians and I thank all stakeholders at the city and state level for the swift action to address dangerous conditions.”
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