Ward 5 Alderman Mark Niedergang: SPEED LIMIT REDUCED FROM 30 TO 25 MPH ON LOWELL & PORTER STREETS

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It’s not low enough,
but it’s a start! This will enable crosswalks to be installed on either side of the Lowell Street Bridge – something residents have demanded for years, and especially needed with the opening of the Community Path Extension ramp this spring. The new speed limit signs should be posted this month. Following an October 2014 community meeting that I organized between City officials and residents to discuss safety around the Lowell Street Bridge, the City application to reduce the speed limit from 30 to 25 MPH on ALL of Lowell was approved by the State Transportation Dept. and Somerville’s Traffic Commission. Due to the concerns of many residents of lower Porter St. and my lobbying, the speed limit on Porter Street was also lowered. Our State Rep. Denise Provost has been working for years to reduce the speed limit throughout the City and recently Mayor Curtatone has joined this effort. I am pushing for a date in May for the next Lowell Street Bridge traffic calming meeting. Stay tuned!

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