The Revere Traffic Commission, under the direction of Chair Paul Argenzio, approved the installation of fire lanes on both sides of Neptune Road at its April 29 meeting.
Ward 3 Councillor Arthur Guinasso was the original sponsor of the proposal that ad-dressed the crowded conditions on the roadway that runs from Route 107 (off of Broadway Circle) to 405 American Legion Highway.
â€œNaples Road has been a long-time prob-lem for the businesses that surround most of the area and to the homeowners,â€ said Guinasso, citing public safety for all as his top priority. â€œDeputy Chief Paul Cheever knows all too well about what goes on on Naples Road as he appeared on many occa-sions before the Revere License Commis-sion. Unfortunately, we have seen too many business establishments in that area not being neighborly to one another and not being neighborly to the residents of the area.â€
Guinasso said that having fire lanes on both sides of Naples Road â€œwill make the unbe-lievable conditions corrected.â€
â€œI think itâ€™s the simplest way and what it does it gives some teeth in the law to our Police Department to go out and issue tick-ets in violation of the terms of what exists there.â€
City Council President Anthony Zambuto supported his colleagueâ€™s declarations.
â€œThis has been a disaster for years down there [on Naples Road],â€ said Zambuto. â€œI think we all know that. Now that we have a hotel [Avid Hotel] there, it makes it even more of a risk if something happens. You could never get an apparatus down that street with the way they park on both sides and sometimes double park and triple park. I think is the way to make this street safe and efficient. Businesses will keep the cars in their own lots and in their own property. I urge the Commission to take this seriously and vote favorably for it.â€
City Council Vice-President Gerry Visconti also offered his support. â€œIâ€™m in favor of this as well,â€ said Visconti. â€œIt is long over-due. I think there is a lot of parking abuse on both sides, which makes it difficult for cars and fire engines and apparatus to trav-el down there. A lot complaints have come out of the new business thatâ€™s down there now, so I think itâ€™s an easy solution. I hope the Commission votes favorably on this.â€
In addition to Argenzio, other members of the Traffic Commission in attendance were City Engineer Nick Rystrom, Fire Chief Christopher Bright, Police Chief David Cal-lahan, Police Sgt. Chris Giannino, along with Revere ADA Coordinator Ralph DeCicco.