With the State’s public hearings coming up at the end of August, today’s Sunday Boston Herald cover story gears up the debate regarding the routing of hazardous material (hazmat) trucks through downtown Boston, including the North End. A recently completed safety study decisively recommends pass-through hazmat trucks (i.e., those not doing business in Boston which is about 80% of the North End’s hazmat traffic) should be routed on the highways I-93/I-95 instead of Cross St., Commercial St., Atlantic Ave. and N. Washington St. in the City of Boston.
Your humble editor is once again quoted:
“These trucks should be on highways,” said Matt Conti, a North End resident who shudders seeing fuel tankers share the road with tourist trolleys and pedestrians. “It gives you a dangerous feeling when you see them. The streets are small and these trucks are massive.” The Route 128 Business Council plans to pack the hearings, which begin Aug. 23 in Boston, where a large North End contingent is also likely.” … Boston wants a total ban on the trucks based on a new, 182-page study that found the Hub route had 50 percent higher risk than Route 128.”