DCR Completes Arborway Road Safety Audit

A road safety audit of the Arborway was recently completed by the state's Department of Conservation and Recreation to improve safety for all users -- pedestrians, autos and bicyclists. The audit was conducted on the parkway from South Street to Eliot Street in Jamaica Plain, according to a DCR press release. The audit evaluated existing safety issues of speed, pedestrian and bicycle access and ADA accommodations, lighting, pavement marking, signage and more. The report is available online by clicking here. The report also identifies potential short-term and long-term safety improvements.

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Traffic Advisory: Arborway, Jamaicaway, and Riverway on June 4-7

Traffic will be going slower on the Arborway, Jamaicaway and Riverway from Tuesday through Friday this week during the week due to tree maintenance. 

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will be conducting rolling lane closures going both directions from 9 am to 3 pm. Traffic changes will be marked, and a police detail will be on site, according to a press release from DCR.

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Brookline Man Charged with Hit-and-Run Accident of Cyclist on Arborway

A Brookline man was arraigned on Wednesday for allegedly colliding with a bicyclist in a hit-and-run accident in an Arborway rotary in August. Massachusetts State Police released dashcam footage of the accident in August, asking for the public's assistance to locate the motorist. Jonathan Costa, 27, was charged in the West Roxbury Municipal Court with negligent operation of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of a collision causing injury, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office. Prosecutors had sought $500 cash bail for Costa and Judge Debra Shopteese released him on personal recognizance. His next scheduled court date is Nov.

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Letter to the Editor: Thank You to Volunteers for Cleaning Up Arborway Hillside

Thank you to all who helped with the Arborway Hillside Volunteer Woodland Care Day on July 14. We had a great turnout and cleared a large amount of invasive plants from the path and trees (two truckloads!). We met new neighbors and volunteers from JP and beyond, distributed Arborway Coalition reusable bags and enjoyed "BYO Bag" cupcakes! Special thanks to:

Arnold Arboretum & Sue Pfeiffer;
Emerald Necklace Conservancy,  Ellen Arnstein & Richard Stroshane;
Our Arborway Hillside steering committee, who handled logistics and outreach: Ann & Jim Stillman, Clay Harper, Sue Pfeiffer
Celeste Walker for help with outreach
Everyone who helped: many hands truly made light work. The Arborway Hillside is across the main Arborway from the Arnold Arboretum, between the main parkway and the residential road, with entrances to a footpath across from St.

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Arborway Parking, Circa 1939

Automobiles line the Arborway in front of the Arnold Arboretum. Circa 1939. Courtesy of Boston Public Library, Jamaica Plain branch. At first glance it might seem these historical autos are caught in some demonic traffic time warp. But this 1939 photo isn't of a backup along the Arborway.

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