Mayor Martin J. Walsh Authorizes Emergency Transportation Reconfiguration Plan in South Boston to Address Traffic Congestion & Concerns During the Storm

Mayor Martin J. Walsh Announces South Boston Emergency Transportation Reconfiguration Plan: As of 10:00pm, on Saturday, February 14, 2015, several streets in South Boston will be designated for one-way travel only in an effort to improve public safety. The plan will end on April 1, 2015.   
In advance of the upcoming blizzard, a snow emergency and parking ban in Boston will also go into effect today at 10:00pm. Ticketing & towing will not begin until midnight.    
"Boston has seen unprecedented levels of snow over the past few weeks, totaling nearly 80 inches, and more is expected," Mayor Walsh said. "Boston's Public Works Department has been working around the clock to remove snow from the neighborhoods, however this emergency reconfiguration will help assure the safety of residents and drivers, and improve access to roadways for public safety officials."  

Public safety officials are in full support of the measure.

"As the Police Commissioner and a lifelong resident of South Boston, I support the Mayor in implementing this temporary traffic reconfiguration," Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said. "Public safety is my first priority and this plan will assist my department in delivering effective services. "   

"This reconfiguration will enhance the public safety response in South Boston," said Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn. "Minutes count for firefighters and alleviating congestion on the side streets allows for a better response to those who need our help." 

Even numbered streets will be west-bound and odd numbered streets will be east-bound. Main roadways will remain two-way streets. Streets that are currently one-way streets will maintain their original direction.   
Boston Transportation Department will place "Do Not Enter" signs and barricades at 7 a.m. in advance of the emergency reconfiguration going into effect at 10 p.m. City employees will be in the neighborhood beginning at 8 a.m. to discuss the change with residents and provide detailed information.  Boston Police Department will have an increased presence in South Boston to help with adoption of the emergency program. 

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