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Ragucci: Chances Are 'Great' That Ravine Road Becomes a Two-Way Again

Ravine Road will remain a one-way road through Nov. 21, but it likely will return to a two-way road, according to Stoneham Town Administrator David Ragucci.

A six-month one-way trial period at Ravine Road may run until late November, but it's expected to return to a two-way road, according to Stoneham Town Administrator David Ragucci.

Ravine Road, a shared road that runs through Stoneham and Melrose, was supposed to be a one-way road for six months until Nov. 5; however, the signs indicating it as a one-way road are still in place, Ragucci told the Stoneham Board of Selectmen Tuesday night during their meeting at Town Hall.

"I've been discussing the future of Ravine Road with (Department of Recreation and Conservation) Commissioner (Edward) Lambert and (Selectman Robert) Sweeney. We'd scheduled a meeting for (Wednesday). Unfortunately, the commissioner called me late (Tuesday) afternoon" and postponed it until Nov. 21 at 12:30 at his office in Boston, said Ragucci. "Commissioner Lambert has assured me that nothing will happen until after the meeting so Ravine Road will remain a one-way until at least (Nov. 21), but he also told me the likelihood of going back to a two-way is great."

Selectman John DePinto said he'd like to "explore what we can do legally to a street that we own half of as far as making it safe for our residents."

"If (DCR) wants to open up Ravine Road, that's fine, but let the people of Melrose take Melrose streets to get home," DePinto said. "I'm worried about the residents of Stoneham on that side (because) that side is very dangerous if they re-open that street."

DePinto said if the town could block off Ravine Road using "barrels or a gate or something," that's what he'd like to see done there. According to DePinto, Jersey barriers wouldn't be an option for blocking part of the road because Fire chief Joseph Rolli has stated that fire engines need to be able to access that area and be able to turn around, if necessary.

DePinto said he received "a couple emails" from people against because they get stuck in traffic, but "I'm getting a lot of emails from (Stoneham) residents who are very happy (with the one-way road)."

Recently, Melrose Mayor Rob Dolan called for the road to re-open as a two-way in a letter to Lambert.

What would you like to see done with Ravine Road? Let us know by posting a comment below.

Chad H. November 21, 2012 at 08:01 PM
I can understand your concern for safety but shouldn't the speed issue be addressed by the police and not by making another road one-way which is impacting a large number of commuters?
Chad H. November 21, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Zoo Lights are starting tomorrow night correct? Can't wait to see how that is going to impact the intersection now as well.
Mark Ouellette November 21, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Hi Chad, No word yet. We'll post an update once we receive it.
Mark Ouellette November 21, 2012 at 08:11 PM
You are correct, sir!
Dave Gray November 21, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Repost: "Obviously the common thread in 2009 and now is the small group of houses on lower Ravine, and that their complaint is about vehicle speed. Now, this is sort of like moving next to an airport and complaining about jet noise or like that goof in Reading who built a house downrange from Camp Curtis and complained about bullet holes. Notwithstanding, instead of addressing the problem, both the DCR and Stoneham have done everything but. It makes one wonder exactly what the thought process is when a Selectman makes such a foolish statement. This is not brain surgery, it's a Stoneham Police traffic enforcement issue."

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