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POLL: Do You Support the Upper Section of Ravine Road Becoming a One-Way Street?

Let us know by taking our poll and posting a comment below.

With the set to become a one-way street on Saturday, May 5, we'd like to know: Do you support the upper section of Ravine Road becoming a one-way street?

Let us know by taking our poll and posting a comment below.

Don May 01, 2012 at 03:00 PM
I believe it is a smokescreen to help the developers bring their construction vehicles there to access the abortion they are doing to the Fells. If you are serious, then make the construction vehicles NOT USE this road.
Jim Welch May 02, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Well once again this will serve Melrose drivers as not to impede them on their way to 93 South and North. They can ride by the closed Boston Regional Medical center you know the one they blocked the Town from developing. Then there is the access by which could have been by the home Depot access. The lost revenue from these sites has made the Town strapped for cash. I guess we can cut back on more programs, Police and Fire Departments.
Matt May 10, 2012 at 11:13 PM
what a stupid poll question. Are you asking about the intersection at Fellsway and Ravine Road? The one that was quoted in an earlier article as having 3 accidents in 3 months and therefore "unsafe"? This closure was a dumb move and is killing everyone coming from 93S. Traffic has backed up at the zoo every day since then, because the small increase in northbound traffic on Woodland road due to the closure is enough to stop the southbound traffic from the crossing left turn at Pond St. Once again, the selfishness of the few outweigh the needs of the many.
Janine Venuti May 27, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Strange how no one in Melrose ever complains about all the traffic on the fells way cutting through Melrose from Rte 1 to get to Stoneham, Malden, and Medford. Why because it’s accept that this is a major road that has always served the purpose of funneling traffic to other communities. For anyone who is not aware this road goes right by the Melrose Middle and High Schools and no one ask for it to be made into a one way. They did recently narrow the intersection in front of the High School to create a less ambiguous intersection. Some in Stoneham complain that the surrounding communities are hindering development in Stoneham, resulting in financial ruin. No one is out to stop development but we have all learned in the last few decades that there is development and then there is SMART development. It will hurt Stoneham if the wrong development occurs more than its neighbors. The Home Depot didn’t get built but now there is a new storage facility right off of rte 1 which does not increase traffic during rush hour. Also, unlike a Home Depot it does not adversely affect Marjam building supply next door. Continued: Janine
Janine Venuti May 27, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Though at the time I know that most in Melrose did not want the Oak Grove Village they have now realized that smart growth is a good idea. That placing highly condensed living and shopping adjacent to public transportation does get people out of their cars. This type of development is being done at the direction of the state all along the orange line. In Malden and Medford, and next Assembly Square. Stoneham decided decades ago that they did not want the train service extended into the city, perhaps this is something that should be rethought. Also more focus needs to be directed to filling the ½ empty Red Stone shopping mall which smartly sits right off of rte 128 but has been vacant for years. Wakefield and Reading only a few miles up the road are both thriving in this area. As the access to this shopping area is not through anyone’s neighborhood why is it allowed to go underutilized year after year, WHY? Again we need to think about the long term effects of any development especially one that does not have the benefit of nearby public transportation. The Stoneham school systems are well rated and desirable by many. If the development provides a reasonable entry into Stoneham any taxes benefits will quickly evaporate in the cost to educate additional children. Continued: Janine
Janine Venuti May 27, 2012 at 03:41 AM
The next step is not to stop traffic but to make it flow wisely. I’m sorry for the few residents on the Stoneham half of Ravine road but this street has been a cut through for generations. As have the Lynn Fells parkway and Fells way East and West. What would help address any speeding concerns on the nearby streets of both Melrose and Stoneham are speed humps, no not your traditional speed bumps. These are wider so that a car traveling at a safe 15 miles an hour can smoothly drive over it, only cars going faster will get that speed bump feel. Second is to address the Ravine intersection. Simply put it’s too wide and always has been. Either install a modern roundabout (this is not a rotary) that would slow all traffic entering this area or simply narrow the intersection making the crossing area easier and install a four or three way stop sign intersection. These will help EVERYONE by keeping traffic moving in a safe manner and allowing smart effective development. Also, place a left turn signal or delayed turn signal at the lights by JJ Grimsby. Last but not least someone install a curb cut out in front of the Stone Zoo so that parents with strollers don’t have to hike them over curbs when crossing from the auxiliary parking area. Speed Humps: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_hump Modern round abouts: https://www.dot.ny.gov/main/roundabouts Curb cut outs: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-curb-cut.htm Janine
Katherine Black July 20, 2012 at 02:57 PM
I am trying hard to see both sides of this issue, but it is very difficult to do when I am sitting in traffic daily for 30-40 minutes between my exit on 93 and West Wyoming Ave. I FULLY understand there is an alternate route by way of Medford and Malden. This is absurd to me to take when I live off of West Wyoming. There has got to be another way to do this project.
Russ July 20, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Jim, The financial difficulties are the direct result of spending issues, not revenue issues. As with any governmental entity, what is received is spent along with some more.
Russ July 20, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Any development with a reasonable 'entry point' will, in fact, cost more in school costs than it brings to the town. Public transport will only increase this serious problem. Any development must bring more income to the town than it is required to spend for the development.

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