Friday, July 20, 2012
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…
Monday, June 18, 2012
A DCR spokeswoman said that the six-month trial will continue as planned unless both Melrose and Stoneham say they would like the experiment to cease.
You Ask, Patch Answers is a weekly column for Melrosians who have questions about something they've spotted around the city or wondered about. Submit your question to email@example.com. Regarding the one-way Ravine Road experiment, Chad asked, "Any idea if the DCR (Department of Conservation and Recreation), Stoneham or Melrose is doing anything regarding this issue or is the six-month trial just moving along as planned?" DCR spokeswoman S.J. Port said in an email that "DCR will continue the trial period unless we hear from both communities that they would like the trial to cease." That means, for now, the trial will continue. Mayor Rob Dolan wrote a letter to the DCR "imploring" the state to end the trial, citing "havoc" created at the …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Melrose Patch commenters have spoken for and against the one-way upper Ravine Road experiment and offered alternative ideas to alleviate the traffic problems in the area.
Editor's note: Comments quoted in this article have been lightly edited for grammar and style. Melrose Patch readers have been debating the efficacy and wisdom of the one-way upper Ravine Road experiment. The six-month trial period began on Saturday, May 5, when the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) made upper Ravine Road one-way from Woodland Road to Fellsway East, forcing drivers on Woodland to take Pond Street to reach the Fellsway. The plan was originally announced in November last year. The change meant to increase safety at the intersection of Ravine Road and the Fellsway East, especially during rush hour, by preventing vehicles from exiting Ravine Road onto the Fellsway East or crossing over it. A little …
Friday, June 8, 2012
Mayor Rob Dolan's letter to the DCR has fueled a lively discussion in the comments.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
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.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Mayor Robert J. Dolan Melrose City Hall 562 Main Street Melrose, MA 02176 June 12, 2012 Dear Mayor Dolan, We respectfully disagree with the letter that you recently sent to Michael D. Misslin, acting chief engineer for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), that the reconfiguration of Ravine Road “does not appear to be alleviating any of the issues where Ravine Road intersects with Fellsway East.” It is my opinion from my frequent travel there that it is indeed a much calmer and safer intersection with the reduced number of turning movements. There is less evening rush hour traffic at that intersection and it is now possible to safely turn onto Ravine Road from Fellsway East, and there is much less high speed …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Mayor Rob Dolan asks the state to cease the one-way Ravine Road trial period, citing "havoc" at the Pond Street intersection and a lack of impact on issues at the Ravine Road and Fellsway East intersection.
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 Engineering Division 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 …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
State's water authority warns against swimming at Middlesex Fells Reservation.
Warm, sunny days are upon us, but those tempted to cool off with a swim in waters within Middlesex Fells should resist the urge for their own safety, according to the state. The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) is reminding swimmers that the waters at the Fells are off limits, according to a press release. "The Fells has many rock outcroppings and swimmers who are tired or hit their heads while diving are a long way from emergency medical help," the press release said. "The facility is not staffed and there are no lifeguards on duty. There have been fatalities at this site in the past and more recently at nearby Spot Pond." The High Fells Reservoir could also be used as an emergency water supply and needs to be kept clean, …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
What do you think about the experiment of making Ravine Road one-way from Fellsway East to Woodland Road?
The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is moving forward with plans to make the upper section of Ravine Road from Fellsway East to Woodland Road a one-way state-controlled street for a six-month trial period. The issue of drivers using Ravine Road as a cut-through has been a source of contention between Melrose and Stoneham officials for years. The lower half of which, between Fellsway East and West Wyoming Avenue, is half in Melrose and half in Stoneham. In 2008, Stoneham put up two 'Do Not Enter' signs on the road and placed barricades in the roadway that prevented traffic from turning onto the road from Fellsway East. Melrose filed a legal injunction against Stoneham, which took the barriers and signs down with the …
Starting Saturday, May 5, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will make the upper section of Ravine Road from Woodland Road to Fellsway East a one-way state-controlled street for a six-month trial period.
Starting Saturday, May 5, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will make the upper section of Ravine Road from Woodland Road to Fellsway East a one-way state-controlled street for a six-month trial period. The plan was originally announced in November last year. At a recent Stoneham Board of Selectmen session, Town Administrator David Ragucci said he met with DCR about Ravine Road and the change will run for the next six months and "we'll assess after that." "The six-month trial does not include any roadway changes to lower Ravine Road (Fellsway East to W. Wyoming Ave.)," reads the press statement. "During this trial period, traffic from Woodland Road will be forced to used Pond Street to reach the Fellsway. "…