Friday, March 29, 2013
Residents at the Comprehensive Plan Workshop considered this question last week.
What would you change about Watertown's Main Street? That is one of the areas which residents commented about during last week's Comprehensive Plan Workshop. Some said the street is too sleepy, especially toward the west end, and most agreed that traffic is a problem on the thoroughfare. The street should have more enticing stores, people said, including boutique clothing stores, an ice cream shop, more high-end restaurants and coffee shops. Parking can be hard to find in near the businesses close to Watertown Square, residents said. The street is not pedestrian friendly and it is tough to bicycle along Main Street, people told consultants working for the town to put together the plan. The street should have more trees and landscaping, …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
A garbage truck struck a pole and leaked fuel in the town's main intersection, and slowing traffic all morning.
A garbage truck struck a pole in Watertown Square Thursday morning, leaked fuel in the roadway and caused traffic snarls when lanes had to be closed to clean up the spill. "An Allied Waste garbage truck struck a pole in Watertown Square and the gas tank ruptured," Watertown Police Lt. Michael Lawn said. The accident, which occurred at 5:05 a.m., also knocked out power to the traffic lights in Watertown Square, and police had to direct traffic most of the morning, Lawn said. The truck was going eastbound on Main Street, and struck the poll near the intersection with Galen Street, Lawn said.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Stop signs are not optional, but sometimes drivers treat them as if they are.
There are hundreds of stop signs in Watertown, but all too often, they are overlooked when drivers are in a rush. We have all seen it and probably many would admit of a stop sign roll-through at one point in time. Do you know of an intersection where a stop sign is frequently rolled through or ignored? Share the location in the comments section, below.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Roadwork on Charles Bank Road has traffic piling up in Watertown.
If it seems like on Galen Street from the Mass Pike to Watertown Square has gotten worse, you are right ... and you will have to live with it a for a few more weeks. Roadwork in Newton has caused the back up in town, said Watertown Police Lt. Michael Lawn. "They are replacing a gas main on Charles Bank Road in Newton," Lawn said, referring to the road the connects the Exit 17 rotary to Nonatnum Road, near the Daly Ice Rink. "That is the cause of the traffic." Watertown Police have assigned two officers to direct traffic on Galen Street and intersecting roads, Lawn said. The project will go on for at least a couple more weeks, Lawn said. "It is scheduled to be done by June 16, but we have heard it may be delayed a week or two," Lawn said.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Residents met in response to the Waltham Street apartments proposal, but they say the problem already exists.
West Side residents want to see steps taken to slow traffic down in their neighborhood roads, whether or not the Waltham Street apartment complex is approved. The group that gathered Wednesday night at the Watertown Police Station said they do not want to see a 155-unit apartment complex built on Waltham Street, next to the Jewish Community Day School. They say traffic is already bad and they worry it will just get worse if the project is approved. Rutland Street resident Joe Berkeley said he does not believe the project fits into the neighborhood, with hundreds of apartments going into an area of single-family homes. “I hate talking about what we want if it is approved, it’s almost giving in,” Berkeley said. He worries that Rutland Street…
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Watertown Square can be frustrating to drive through, but there are others that can be hair raising to drive through.
Watertown has its share of tricky intesections, as any driver (or walker) can attest, but which is the worst? Watertown Square, with five roads converging in one spot, can take forever to drive through. Walking across it can be a bear, too. And if there is a traffic delay – such as when the T wires came down last year – it messes up traffic all over town. The intersection of Common, Church and Orchard streets can be a hair raising experience, with no stop light and cars whizzing down the Common Street hill. A bicyclist was injured recently ran into the side of a van in the intersection. The convergence of Arlington and Arsena streets with Coolidge Avenue and the entrance to Home Depot requires drivers to have their eyes pointing two …