By Sara Brown
The Revere City Council wants to start making headway on the traffic problem in Revere. At the January 22 City Council meeting, Ward Councillors Ira Novoselsky, John Powers and Arthur Guinasso requested a meeting with the state Dept. of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to discuss the ongoing traffic on Revere Beach Boulevard and traffic signalization on North Shore Road and Revere Street.
“We are always talking about traffic and how bad it is in our city,” Novoselsky said. “We need to start talking about solutions rather than talking about the problem.”
He said the main problem was from residents on the North Shore that travel through Revere to get to Boston or Logan Airport. “It’s not fair to us,” he said.
Guinasso agreed, stating, “Revere is regional area for traffic. We are a cut through for many areas … We need to come up with a solution, we can’t just sit back.”
He said a meeting with DCR and MassDOT is a step in the right direction. “They can’t just ignore us,” he said. “There has to be a way to handle this.”
Powers said Revere needs to look at itself internally as well, especially when it comes to zoning. He said building oversized apartment buildings continues to hurt the city. “Every time we go overboard, we are defeating our purpose,” he said.
Councillor-at-Large Dan Rizzo suggested that the traffic light on Revere Street for people who want to take a left is too short and causes gridlock. “Adjusting those lights offers some relief,” he said.
Councillor-at-Large George Rotondo said there needs to be a police presence to help with traffic at the beach. He also mentioned that if Revere gets rid of the traffic on the beach, it will end up somewhere else. He said they have to find better ways of managing it but Revere will always have to deal with some bit of traffic congestion. “At the end of the day, we are stuck with what we have,” he said.
The motion was sent to the mayor’s desk.