Public officials met last week for a walkthrough of the Cross St. sidewalk plaza area to discuss a potential reconfiguration of the traffic and parking situation. The City’s Transportation Commissioner, Tom Timlin, attended along with MassDOT representative John Romano, State Representative Aaron Michlewitz and City Councilor Sal LaMattina. The officials agreed the situation presents public safety concerns and is therefore unsustainable. As if on-cue, Councilor LaMattina was nearly hit by a Jaguar trying to beat the light by using the cresent roadway that goes through the sidewalk area.
In addition to alternatives for the roadway, much of the discussion was the trade-off between merchant (day) and resident (night) parking spaces that exist today versus an increase in the pedestrian area. It appeared the interior parking closest to the buildings could be eliminated and mostly replaced by spaces on Cross Street, including the block where the cab stand now exists.
The transportation authorities are expected to coordinate on potential reconfigurations to be disclosed at upcoming public meetings.