7 thoughts on “Designers Add More Options for Redesigning Watertown Square After Traffic Counts

  1. I would like to see either an overhead or under ground walk/bikeway that can get someone from the alleyway next to CVS over to the Charles River pathway.
    Thereby avoiding the intersection altogether. Traffic would be vastly faster for everyone!

  2. I don’t see any comments on how they are going to mitigate all the additional cars that will be turning from Arsenal St onto Galen St by adding a second left turn lane. Vehicles frequently backup into the intersection already coming the Mt Auburn St onto Galen St, now there will be even more?

  3. Not much improvement here. Your still taking your life in your hands crossing from Main St CV to the mbta Depot on Galen St which is ugly & disfuntional.
    Anyone thought of tunnels? Make Watertown Sq a traffic free zone and a gathering place for people. Let’s be creative, perhaps starting with a strict limit on growth & traffic. We need a solution not Plans that are less pathetic than the next.

    • Bruce, I like your idea of tunneling the car traffic under the area but having to do it for 4 directions and being in close proximity to the river probably makes that impractical. A tunnel or overpass for pedestrians & bikers, in MHO is doable.
      A Y design is what I have in mind. Going from CVS area to either side of the Charles River bridge.
      No need for the buttons to slow traffic for each pedestrian. Pedestrians would not have to stop and wait. Win win.

  4. If I read this article correctly drivers can expect to save 15- 40 seconds going through Watertown square during peak traffic hours, and depending on the solution selected it may or may not improve conditions for pedestrians, cyclists and public transportation users.
    I just cannot fathom anyone spending such a large sum of money (the amount needs to be determined but it must be very large) for these results.
    Please provide input if I misread this article!

    • Say 50,000 cars go through a day saving an average of 30 seconds. That is over 400 hours saved per day of people’s time.

      • Yes, but it is at most one minute (30 seconds each way) a day per person, which is still a HUGE amount of money and aggravation for such a little saving of time per person. A better, more in depth traffic study including ALL streets that are effect really needs to be done before Major changes are approved and money is invested.

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