Maura In The News

City ready to pave the way
By David L. Harris / Staff Writer / Roslindale Transcript
Thursday, May 27, 2004

Parkway drivers may breathe a little easier - or, at least, drive a little smoother - when some local roads are repaved this summer.

The city, in an effort to repair neighborhood streets and sidewalks, announced last week that it will spend $12.8 million to reconstruct and resurface.

Many projects are slated for local roads.

Among the largest: in Roslindale, where the streets and sidewalks on Florence Street, from Cummins Highway to Brown Avenue, will be reconstructed for a total price tag of $314,000. Others in Roslindale include asphalt resurfacing on Buchanan Road from Centre Street to Morey Road; and Charme Avenue from Neponset to Starbird Avenue.

"I'm thrilled," said District 5 City Councilor Rob Consalvo, who said he hasn't seen the full list of roads.

In West Roxbury, Beech Street eastbound from West Bourne Street to Washington Street will be resurfaced. Beech Street westbound, from West Bourne Street to West Roxbury Parkway, will also be repaved.

Other projects include street reconstruction on Bertson Avenue from LaGrange to Dent Street; street and sidewalk reconstruction on Dellmore Road from Hyde Park Avenue to 210 westerly; sidewalk reconstruction on Dresden Street from Boylston Street to Spring Park Avenue; asphalt resurfacing on Glenellen Road from Fairlane Road to Glenhaven Road; and total reconstruction of Maxfield Street from Bellevue Street to LaGrange Street.

Peter Nagle, a spokesman for Mayor Thomas M. Menino, said that the list offers just a peek at what construction will take place around the city. Nagle said the work would last until the construction season ends in November.

"This was a much more comprehensive plan," said District 6 City Councilor John Tobin. "I give Councilor [Maura] Hennigan credit where it's due."

Hennigan has been pressuring the city's Public Works Department to fix the city's pothole-ridden streets ever since she broke her ankle in a pothole in Dorchester last year.

Hennigan recently began a petition drive that would try to force the Department of Public Works to release all of the $22 million it has in its contractor fund.

Though Hennigan was happy that the city would devote more money to fixing roads, there's still much work to be done.

"What's interesting about [this is] that every year the city does street reconstruction," said Hennigan. "Essentially what [Menino] said is that every neighborhood got $200,000 more than last year. I doubt that he gave each and every neighborhood the same amount of money. When they just throw out numbers, it doesn't mean anything."

David Harris can be reached at [email protected]

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