Ward 4 Councillor Patrick Keefe said that motorists speeding on local streets remains a problem and he wants to address the situation quickly for his constituents.
â€œWeâ€™ve added speed readers throughout the city, more stop signs, and different traffic signals, but ultimately speeding hasnâ€™t necessarily stopped,â€ said Keefe at Mondayâ€™s Council meeting.
Keefe added that Ward 4 consists of several streets that served as â€œcut-throughsâ€ to avoid traffic on Broadway.
â€œI just want residents to know that we hear your concerns and weâ€™re attempting to do everything we can and mitigate the issues,â€ said Keefe. â€œBut like everything, it does come down to enforcement.â€
Councillor George Rotondo supported Keefeâ€™s quest to address the problem of speeders.
â€œIâ€™m hoping that with streets like Fenno, Park, Proctor, and Mountain, that enforcement takes place,â€ said Rotondo. â€œBefore somebody gets hit and killed, hopefully we can get a little bit more enforcement.â€
Ward 2 Councillor Ira Novoselsky supported the measure, saying that â€œespecially on Beach Street by Walnut Avenue cars were flying down both ways, so I had stop signs put there.â€
Novoselsky said that residents appreciate the installation of additional stop signs â€œand [the stop signs] work in the long run.â€
Ward 1 Councillor Joanne McKenna said that speeding is a problem on Winthrop Avenue and Crescent Avenue, two roadways that are cut-throughs to the town of Winthrop. â€œThe speeding is terrible, so I agree with this motion wholeheartedly,â€ said McKenna.
The Council unanimously approved Keefeâ€™s original motion to have the Traffic Commission install a stop sign on Prospect Avenue going west, at the intersection of Homer Street.