Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Nonantum Road Re-build Proceeding With $250,000

The state budget has allocated $250,000 for design stage of a Nonantum Road re-build. The plan is to reduce the current four lanes of fast, dangerous traffic into a calmer two lanes.

The current layout is accident prone at the intersection of Charlesbank Road and Nonantum Road in Newton.

As reported by the Newton TAB, State Representatives Peter Koutoujian (D-Waltham), Kay Khan (D-Newton), Ruth Balser (D-Newton), and Rachel Kaprielian (D-Watertown) led the effort to fund last year's study and the upcoming re-design of the roadway.

In reading this information, I learned two terms about street design: "road diet" and "complete street". Nice terminology for including pedestrians and bicycles in the design, as well as getting cars to slow down.

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