Editor's note: The headline for this article was updated on Thursday, June 7 at 10 p.m. to reflect the ongoing discussion in the comments below.
Also, Ravine Road residents Kathleen McGourthy and Craig Schwarze wrote a letter to Mayor Rob Dolan disagreeing with his assessment of the DCR's one-way Ravine Road trial.
A copy of this letter from Dolan to the state Department of Conservation and Recreation was provided to Melrose Patch by the Mayor's Office.
May 29, 2012
Michael D. Misslin
Acting Chief Engineer
251 Causeway Street, Suite 600
Boston, MA 02114
Re: Temporary Traffic Measures (Ravine Road - Melrose/Stoneham)
Dear Mr. Misslin:
I am writing on behalf of the many residents of Melrose who have contacted my office over the past few weeks expressing their grave concerns about the efforts by DCR to implement a one-way traffic pattern, on a trial basis, along Ravine Road between Woodland Road and Fellsway East. Unfortunately, this reconfigured traffic pattern is wreaking havoc for residents and commuters seeking to travel through the intersection at Pond Street, and does not appear to be alleviating any of the issues where Ravine Road intersects with Fellsway East.
By this letter, I am imploring the DCR to cease the trial period at this time. Although Melrose has sought to work cooperatively to explore long-term traffic options for this corridor of the Fellsway, it is clear that this temporary traffic measure cannot address those issues.
Thank you in advance for your consideration.
Very truly yours,
Robert J. Dolan
CC: Aldermen Frank Wright
Senator Katherine Clark
Representative Paul Brodeur
David Ragucci, Stoneham Town Administrator