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?

Jack Litwinsky February 23, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Good idea! We are at times afraid to cross the street. We live on Lagrange and landseer
Mary Jones February 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM
I really don't want speed bumps outside of my house so that the Quarry trucks and other large trucks can smash them all day and night. There used to be a motorcycle officer that stood near the quarry and he was extremely effective. He constantly monitored the traffic and issued tickets. I was wondering if a 4 way stop sign at the intersection of Baker and Centre might be effective. Now drivers just go through the red lights and are even taking left on Red!
Barbara February 23, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Northdale Rd. needs a speed bump right at the cusp of the hill between Paragon Rd. and Keystone St. Cars speed on Northdale all the time. Also, from Baker St. at lights at Centre, cars ignore the no turn on red sign. Very frustrating when one wants to get onto Centre from Glenhaven Rd.
Kate February 23, 2012 at 02:13 PM
How was that list of known speeding spots compiled? Seems odd that most are in the same neighborhood. I agree with Mary - we don't need speed bumps for the quarry trucks to make even more noise. Actually, because of the trucks, I find myself going under 20 mph half of the time on that part of Centre St., stuck behind a truck.
Alissa Berthiaume February 23, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Park street from the corner of Martin to the end near Roche bros is a speedway. The number 38 bus is the worse offender. I would LOVE to see speed bumps on this street for the stop signs aren't cutting it.
Trish February 23, 2012 at 03:10 PM
LaGrange Street is the worst. Between the quarry trucks doing about 50 mph and the cars doing about the same, why don't we post some police cars or motorcycle police to ticket these outrageous drivers. If people know there's a cop in the area on a daily basis they're not going to speed.
Heather February 23, 2012 at 04:47 PM
4 way stop signs don't work! Someone is going to get creamed at the intersection of Northdale/Joyce Kilmer/New Haven Sts. I've been complaining for years that people dont even slow down let alone stop and am always told the PD have bigger problems to worry about.
Matt February 23, 2012 at 05:00 PM
“I want the term ‘Boston driver’ to become synonymous with safety and civility,” (O'Malley). " I want the term 'Boston Roads' NOT to be synonymous with potholes and submerged sewer caps" (John F). O'Empty Suit go work on your doggie fountain and stop trying to waste tax money with your cockamamie ideas. Its bad enough we have to pay for you to be a councilor!
Matt February 23, 2012 at 05:09 PM
The worst part about this STUPID idea is the cost associated with it. 1) If we install speed reducing devices (i.e. speed bumps, cameras) we will in turn reduce the number of citations issued to traffic offenders. Resulting in a reduction of funds collected by the city of Boston on a annual basis. 2) The installation of speed reducing devices (or anything done by the city) will be done by Union employees exacerbating the “Real Cost” of constructing such said devices. This is a lose-lose initiative. Anyone who has had any experience in budgeting or financing (Not O’Malley) would realize the cost of this project far out weighs the benefit, as any lose of income will inadvertently effect another budgeted item on the cities budget(i.e. schools, parks, any capital project). REDUCING INCOME AND INCREASING COST IS NOT AN EFFECTIVE WAY TO MANAGE A BUDGET.
M February 23, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Using safety to supplement a budget is not an effective way to save lives.
David Ertischek (Editor) February 24, 2012 at 03:40 AM
I would agree that LaGrange Street is a road drivers speed on.
Mary Jones February 24, 2012 at 02:29 PM
The 4 way stop on Grove Street and Dedham is busy ( on the way to the CVS) and I have never seen anyone go through the stop signs. Mary
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 (Editor) 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 (Editor) 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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