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Neponset Valley Parkway, Brush Hill Road and Milton Street

The Milton Bicycle Advisory Committee is campaigning to make the intersection of Neponset Valley Parkway / Brush Hill Road / Milton Street safer for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.

If you've traveled through this intersection, you no doubt know how hazardous it is.  It was originally designed nearly a century ago, when cars were much slower, highway safety standards didn't exist, and there were few - if any - regulations for pedestrian safety.

Note that there are no crosswalks, despite the fact that the area is a very popular location for youth sports.  This problem has been made even worse because the ball fields at Houghton's Pond and Kelly Field have been closed for repairs.  In the short term, the Milton Traffic Commission recommends that all visitors to the ball fields park at the Milton Healthcare parking lot if at all possible.

Between January 1st and September 20th, there had been 34 reported accidents at the location - with more occurring every week.  In August, a woman was knocked off her bicycle while trying to navigate the intersection, and a child was struck while crossing Brush Hill Road.  Both were taken to local hospitals to treat their injuries, which thankfully were not life-threatening.

The Massachusetts DCR (Department of Recreation and Conservation) maintains the Parkway, while Brush Hill Road and Milton Street are maintained by the Milton Department of Public Works.  These two departments will need to work together to improve the intersection.

The DCR has commissioned a traffic study to evaluate the intersection.  We encourage all local residents to contact your representatives and ask them to support the DCR and Milton DPW to expedite this traffic study and redesign the intersection to be safer for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.

Some points to consider:
  • There are over thirty reported car accidents per year at this interchange
  • Pedestrians and cyclists have been hit there recently, and hospitalized for their injuries
  • There aren’t any crosswalks, despite the fact that there is a parking lot across the street from a ball field that is popular for youth sports
  • The eastbound lanes of the Parkway merge without any warning
  • The shoulders of the roads are too narrow in places
  • Line-of-sight visibility is limited in several places
  • Trucks are prohibited from traveling on other DCR parkways; Stop & Shop needs to be supplied by trucks, but the Neponset Valley Parkway is too narrow for them to pass safely
  • This is the route of the existing Claire Saltonstall bikeway and a future extension of the Neponset River Greenway multi-use trail

You can reach your local representatives at these addresses:

State Senator Brian Joyce
District: Milton (and other South Shore towns)
State House
Room 413-A
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: (617) 722-1643

State Representative Walter Timilty
District: Milton precincts 2 and 4 through 10 (and parts of Randolph)
State House
Room 167
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: (617) 722-2810

State Senator Marian Walsh (Majority Whip)
District: Hyde Park / Readville (also West Roxbury, Dedham, Norwood and Westwood)
State House
Room 405
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: (617) 722-1348

State Representative Angelo Scaccia
District: Milton precinct 11 & Readville
State House
Room 33
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: (617) 722-2060
Fax: (617) 722-2849

Department of Conservation and Recreation - Commissioner Rick Sullivan
251 Causeway St., Suite 600,
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 626-1250
Fax: (617) 626-1351

Milton Board of Selectmen
Marion McEttrick, John Shields and Robert Sweeney
Town Office Building
525 Canton Avenue
Milton, MA 02186

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino
1 City Hall Square, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02201-2013
Telephone: (617) 635-4500
Fax: (617) 635-2851

Recently reported accidents:

Oct. 8, 2010 - Motor Vehicle Accident on Milton Street
   At 9:56 p.m. Friday, Boston Police reported a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Milton Street and Brush Hill Road. Fire and Fallon were notified to respond. Blue Hills towing was notified for the removal of one vehicle.

Oct. 5, 2010 - Three-Injury Crash
   At 6:38 p.m. Tuesday, a caller reported a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Neponset Valley Parkway and Brush Hill Road.  Fire, Fallon and State Police were notified. Fallon transported one minor and two adults to Milton Hospital.

Sept. 21, 2010 - Police Log: Multiple Injuries in Brush Hill Road Crash
   At 1:42 p.m. Tuesday, a 911 caller reported a motor vehicle accident with multiple injuries at the intersection of Brush Hill Road and Milton Street. Fallon and Fire were notified to respond. Because the accident was on a DCR road, State Police were notified. Fallon transported one party to Milton Hospital. A second Fallon transported two additional parties to Milton Hospital.

Aug 30, 2010 - Police Log: Youth Hit by Car
   At 7:42 p.m. Monday, multiple callers reported a youth struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Neponset Valley Parkway and Brush Hill Road. Fallons transported the youth to Children's Hospital. 

July 23, 2010 - Police Log: Friday Night Chase Ends With Crash in Boston
   At 3:41 a.m. Friday, an officer reported a vehicle was refusing to stop. The officer followed the vehicle into Boston until it crashed at the intersection of Truman Parkway and Neponset Valley Parkway. The suspect, a Hispanic male wearing khaki pants and a white t-shirt, fled on foot into the wooded area. Boston Police and State Police were notified. The State Police concluded the search with the K9 unit with negative results.