Top Speeding Spots in West Roxbury

West Roxbury's District Councilor Matt O'Malley led a Boston City Council hearing on how to improve road safety and decrease speeding.


Like his predecessor John Tobin, Boston District 6 City Councilor Matt O'Malley wants Boston's roadways to be a safer place.

On Tuesday, O'Malley led a hearing attended by residents, Boston Transportation Department officials, as well as emergency responders, according to MetroBoston.

O’Malley has suggested having more traffic enforcement patrols, more radar speed signs, removable rubber rodad mats, speed tables (longer than a speed bump), and temporary speed bumps.

West Roxbury's District Councilor also provided a list of six known speeding areas in West Roxbury. They are in no particular order.

  1. Lasell Street
  2. Grove Street (across from Washington Street heading into Dedham)
  3. LaGrange Street
  4. Centre Street (near Fairlaine and Stimson) and from Baker to West Roxbury Crushed Stone
  5. Baker Street from Centre Street to the Catholic Memorial School
  6. Redlands Road

What roads and areas do you think drivers speed the most in West Roxbury? What do you think can be done to make roads safer? What do you think of Councilor O'Malley's suggestions?

Newman March 11, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Speed Tables? good, so when the emergency vehicles need to travel those roads they will now have to come to a COMPLETE stop to pass over them. How long did those raised crosswalks last on Centre St. a few years back? Ask the fire trucks that have all the pumping/hydraulics on the bottom. Years ago when I was in college, my University installed them on the way to the new Gym/dorms/rec center. The fire department promptly made them remove them for those exact reasons. Fix the potholes; Fix the crumbling West Roxbury Parkway bridge near the E5 station; Fix trash that lines business parking lots (see: 7-eleven, CVS, Walgreens). How about fixing the parking stupidity in front of Holy Name Church? You have a 100 foot spot for a 'bus stop' with no parking, then right beside it, you have a fire hydrant (also with no parking). Why not move the 'bus stop' to line-up with the hydrant, so you only lose 20 feet of parking and not that ENTIRE section of curbside parking? While you are at it, how about spacing-off actual parking spaces so idiots that do not know how to park do not take up a 'space-and-a-half' worth of parking spaces.
kevin todd March 12, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Vermont Street & Baker Street area are very dangerous.The bottle neck located by the deli and cleaners during evenings rush hour is crazy! No one stops for man women nor beast.We now have school at this location which has many young student dodging traffic. we need some deterent .Maybe speed bumps or more signage.
David Ertischek March 12, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Hello Newman, Those are some good suggestions on ways to improve some of the specific road issues in the area. Thank you David
David Ertischek March 12, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Hello Kevin, I fully agree with you that Vermont and Baker street areas are speedways. I actually was just in Peru where drivers take driving rules as optional, and was impressed how speed bumps really worked to calm speeding vehicles. Yes, they are annoying as a driver, but speed bumps work. David
steve smith December 07, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Wahington St., between LaGrange & Grove-posted 40mph-LOTS of vehicles doing over 50+mph on a regular basis, not to mention the motorcycles that come screaming down the roud at an even higher speed......


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