5th and Mass pedestrian improvements

Tuesday morning I noticed (presumably) DDOT laying out faintly spray painted lines for new wider cross walks and a more substantial pedestrian island at the NW corner of the 5th and Mass intersection. These marking appear to outline plans for more permanent improvements in the near future.

I found the change to the pedestrian island the most interesting. The little tiny stub of Eye Street in front of 555 Mass would be reduced to a one way slip. This will allow pedestrians less distance to cross and a more substantial area to stand while waiting to cross. Will these changes to the island only be paint stripings? Or will the changes be paint first with an eventual upgrade to a landscaped or bricked island?

The red triangle in the second picture above is my best attempt to represent the size of the island.

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    Chris 555 Mass says

    This plan is fantastic because this is a very dangerous area for pedestrians. I’d prefer DDOT to completely block off the stubs of I street on the SE and NW corners of this intersection and to plant shrubs, flowers, etc.

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    Anonymous says

    I bet it’s more to prevent the constant traffic backups on Mass from people trying to turn left onto Eye. Either way, though, I think it’s a good idea.

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    Anonymous says

    Great idea, and glad to see DDOT moving quickly on this without a year-long study, an EIS and multiple RFIs, RFPs, etc. etc. that just feather the nest of planners, consultants and lawyers.

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    Anonymous says

    This is a great idea. I hope the opposite corner of 5th & Mass (in front of the deli, dry cleaner and Meridian) also becomes one-way east-bound (from 5th onto Mass).

    The best traffic calming and pedestrian-friendly solution would be to make the 5th & Mass intersection into a traffic circle. It's not uncommon to see cars at speeds over 45 mph on Mass. There are too many people walking the streets around here these days for that type of aggressive driving to be allowed continue.