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Letter: Melrose Must Work With Stoneham To Solve Traffic Issues

Patricia Wright implores the mayor and city's state delegation to work with Stoneham regarding traffic problems in the area of the Pond Street, West Wyoming Avenue and Fellsway intersection.

Editor's note: A copy of this letter to Melrose officials on Wednesday was provided to Melrose Patch by the author.

Dear Mayor Dolan, Senator Clark and Representative Brodeur,

I headed to work this morning and the traffic lights at Grimsby’s were out. There were about 5 Verizon trucks parked on the property of the home owner across the street and not one police detail to direct traffic. I am well aware that this is Stoneham but understanding the love loss that exists at present between our fair cities it’s not hard to understand Stoneham’s lack of urgency to protect public safety.

I called the Mayor’s office this morning and spoke with a man named John and explained what was happening. His first statement was "that’s Stoneham."  Shocker! I didn’t know that! I said that this is a public safety issue and perhaps we could borrow a couple of Staties that are sitting at the top of Pond and Woodland to direct traffic. He then said “did you call the DPW?” I said NO. A call to the mayor’s office should be sufficient. Shouldn’t it?

It was bad enough trying to get home to Melrose and now it is a complete nightmare getting out. The Staties at the top of Pond Street have created a grid lock. The Staties are pulling over everyone in the morning going more than 35 miles an hour. What’s with all the state police presence all of a sudden? Does the MWRA need police protection up at the hospital?

I implore you all to use whatever political clout you have  to either work with Stoneham to bury the hatchet or find meaningful and creative solutions to this nightmare for the taxpayers of Melrose.

Patricia Wright
Norris Court

Steve Meuse July 20, 2012 at 03:08 PM
That intersection is owned by the DCR/MassDOT and patrolled by the state police. You should have called either of them. Melrose couldn't really do anything about it because it's not in Melrose, but they could have made a phone call to the right jursidiction on your behalf.
Chad H. July 20, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Regardless of jurisdiction I think the bigger point here is enough is enough with this trial. This area has become a nightmare in the morning (which seems to have gotten much worse in the last 2 weeks) and in the evening. We've taken a situation which was bad for some folks living in the area during certain times of the day and made it miserable for all commuters. I agree with what Patricia is asking, Melrose, Stoneham & the DCR need to get together and come up with a resolution to this before this 6 month trial is set to end. You can see on numerous posts on this site alone where folks have made suggestions that should be taken into consideration. Maybe there are discussions happening but from the outside it doesn't look like it since Stoneham decided last month that they were not willing to stop the trial even though the DCR said they would if both towns would agree (which Mayor Dolan has already requested it stop). I can't see how anyone that looks at this area during the morning and evening commute can think that this is a good idea. And having a selectman suggest that folks should look to alternate routes down other residential areas is in my opinion just wrong. How about we fix the area for everyone and not push the problem to other streets. Seriously enough is enough. Stop and think about how bad this area is going to be in the winter and during Zoo Lights if nothing is done.
Paul July 20, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Why not make lower ravine rd. a one way so people entering from stoneham can't use it as a shortcut and leave upper ravine road a two way street so there's more than one way to get in and out of Melrose from the fellsway.
Chad H. July 20, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Agreed and it has been discussed in the other articles (there is a link to some of the suggestions in this nice summary Daniel wrote a few weeks ago http://melrose.patch.com/articles/will-one-way-ravine-road-trial-continue) but really seems like there will be no change because Stoneham selectman are sticking their feet in the sand. Pretty sad considering polls conducted for both towns regarding this trial support it being stopped.
patricia wright July 21, 2012 at 03:22 PM
there is an update to this editorial. The very next day (Friday) there was no state police presence AT ALL! I thanked Paul Brodeur and Katherine Clark for thie efforts. Let's see how long it lasts...

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