In news that won’t surprise most, North Washington Street is the most congested street in the City of Boston. The city rates rush-hour traffic, shown here in this Boston Herald list. North Washington Street rates #1 in traffic congestion from Cross Street to Causeway Street but is far from the only gridlocked street in downtown Boston.
Also in the North End / Waterfront area, Atlantic Avenue, from Cross Street to Kneeland Street, is the 4th most congested road in the city. The rankings quantify that during rush hour, both N. Washington St. and Atlantic Ave. are pretty much at a standstill.
Mayor Marty Walsh today announced plans to add a dedicated bus and bike lane to North Washington Street from Cross Street to the Charlestown Bridge. The North Washington Street bus/bike lane will be in effect 24/7 inbound from the Charlestown Bridge to Haymarket. The effort is part of a multi-faceted attempt to unclog city streets and make them safer, according to city officials.
The Walsh plan further reduces the city speed limit to 20 m.p.h., down from 25. It was just two years ago that the city reduced the speed limit from 40 m.p.h.