Sunday’s double fatality —- in which two women died in a head-on collision —- is sparking talk of how the Jamaicaway and Arborway can be made less deadly.
The Jamaicaway and Arborway are well-known to residents as dangerous roads. Originally laid out as winding parkways, they today handle heavy inter-city traffic.
The week before last a car flipped over on the Arborway. Despite the severity of that wreck, no one was hospitalized.
Some ideas I’ve heard and read for making the road safer:
- Widen it (Which would mean losing the iconic trees that line the road)
- Narrow it (A “road diet” has had success on some roads)
- Add centerline markers (Such as has been done on Route 6 on the Cape, says Jamaica Plain News reader Audrey White.)
Universal Hub, as usual, has a lively debate over these methods. It’s worth checking out.