RIGHT ON NEWTON'S
TOP CRASH HOTSPOT
It's hard to believe the City of Newton could issue permits for projects that will only increase traffic and congestion to what is one of the most dangerous intersections in the Boston-metro area - it was in the list of top 5% hot crash spots in Boston Metro area in 2018.
The intersection was redesigned in 2019 ; the lights were installed and the intersection was straightened in order to decrease the number of accidents. However , a second nearby intersection at Dedham St. and Nahanton St. was also redesigned in such a strange manner that raised eyebrows of many a resident. The impact of these changes on traffic and accident rate remains to be seen. The City of Newton should perform the "after change" traffic study, however currently there are no plans to do that.
Newton TAB: CROSSING INTERSECTIONS "FEELS LIKE PLAYING 'FROGGER'"
The Newton TAB wrote on its July 31, 2017 edition, that crossing the intersections towards Carlson Ave Woods feels like playing "Frogger" during rush hour. Here's why:
AT UMASS COLLEGE in Newton
UMASS announced that initially they will have about the same number of students in Newton campus as Mt ida Collgege had. That number translates into no less than 500 cars, with at least 1,000 daily crossings in the Dedham/Carlson Ave. intersection.
23 CRASHES ON CARLSON AVE INTERSECTION
16 MORE ON THE NEIGHBORING ONE
No less than 23 accidents have occurred in the intersection of Carlson Ave and Dedham Street over the last five years, with 6 of them resulting in injuries. Additionally 16 crashes occurred in the intersection of Nahanton and Dedham from 2010 to 2015. Compare that to only 17 crashes in one of the busiest intersections of Washington Street, a road that takes traffic from the MA Turnpike: only 17 crashes in the last 7 years.
FIRE STATION BETWEEN THESE
On top of the spot being dangerous to motorists it is also home to Fire Station 10, which needs to quickly get fire trucks and other emergency vehicles in and out of the station.
TOP 5% CRASH HOTSPOTS IN BOSTON METRO
The above has resulted in the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) having ranked the intersection between Dedham Street and Carlson Avenue in the top 5 percent of worst crash 'hot spots' in the Boston metro area.