• January 11 2019,  Saugus

    “For a safer Saugus”

    Selectmen vote to reduce speed limit to 25 mph on Essex and Main Streets and Lincoln Avenue By Mark E. Vogler Board of Selectmen Chair Debra Panetta told residents attending a public hearing Wednesday night on a proposal to lower the speed limit on several well-traveled Saugus roads that she’s on their side. “We’re all citizens for a safer Saugus,” Panetta reassured the crowd. “We all believe in the cause,” she added. After hearing testimony from 18 speakers – most of them expressing support for a measure to reduce the speed limit to 25 miles per hour within three major Saugus streets – Panetta and her colleagues voted 4-0 to…

  • January 11 2019,  Saugus

    Chief Giorgetti says Saugus Police Department needs a traffic enforcement unit

    By Mark E. Vogler   Interim Saugus Chief of Police Ronald Giorgetti is recommending additional funds in the town’s 2020 fiscal year budget so the Police Department can establish a traffic enforcement unit. “With a dedicated traffic unit, we could reduce the traffic accidents significantly,” Giorgetti said at Wednesday night’s selectmen’s meeting during a public hearing on a proposal to reduce speed limits on three major Saugus roads: Essex Street, Main Street and Lincoln Avenue. Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree, a former Saugus police officer, has already said the Police Department needs to have its own traffic enforcement unit. While selectmen didn’t accept the chief’s recommendation to retain the current…

  • Featured News,  January 11 2019,  Saugus

    Town-wide speed limit analysis focuses on making streets safer for walkers and riders; report due this spring

    By Mark E. Vogler A town-wide speed limit analysis recently commissioned by Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree could focus on up to nine primary road corridors in Saugus where new regulations could be considered. The Engineering Corp (TEC) of Andover identified Essex Street (East of Route 1), Main Street, Water Street, Hamilton Street, Lincoln Avenue, Central Street and up to three additional roadways that are identified by town stakeholders during an initial meeting, according to a project narrative presented to the town. “TEC will determine the safe speed range for each study area roadway based upon the data collected, including the trial runs, recorded speeds, crash history, and geometry,” the…

  • January 4 2019,  Revere

    Mixed reviews for making Crest and Bradstreet Avenues one-way

    By Tara Vocino For a 60-day trial period, two streets near the MBTA station will soon become one-way so that Beachmont residents will have enough room to park their cars on the street instead of the sidewalk. According to Traffic Commission Chairman Paul Argenzio, who is also the Department of Public Works Superintendent, Bradstreet Avenue will now be one-way in an easterly direction toward the water from Atlantic Avenue – for a 60-day trial period. Crest Avenue will now be one-way running westerly from Bateman Road – also for a 60-day trial period. However, the change won’t be effective for a couple of weeks, as signs have to be installed,…

  • December 28 2018,  Saugus

    A year of traffic tragedy and trouble

    Events leading up to the rise of “Citizens for a Safer Saugus” was the biggest story of 2018 By Mark E. Vogler Citizen apprehension about traffic safety began in early January after an elderly Main Street couple suffered serious injuries when they were struck by a car while crossing Central Street. Police later cited the driver for a crosswalk violation. Robert D. Hoffman, 74, and his wife, Judith, 81, struggled to recover from the horrific crash. Hoffman received a concussion, a broken left leg and injuries to his right knee. Mrs. Hoffman never got to go out on leisure walks again after the impact of the crash punctured her bladder,…

  • December 14 2018,  Saugus

    A slogan to slow down traffic

    “CITIZENS FOR A SAFER SAUGUS,” proclaims new bumper sticker of group advocating “25 MPH TOWN-WIDE” By Mark E. Vogler The Annual Town Meeting is still months away. But Precinct 6 member William S. Brown said he is already planning to introduce several articles that he hopes will make Saugus streets safer for pedestrians and drivers. “I think a 25 mph speed limit – unless otherwise posted – is a pretty good idea and something I’d like to see,” Brown told The Saugus Advocate this week. “I’m going to request that the town manager and the Board of Selectmen take the necessary steps to enact 25 mph as the speed limit…

  • Saugus,  September 28 2018

    Saugus resident sounds off on traffic safety improvements the town could make

       (Editor’s Note: These are recommendations that Saugus resident Terri Lehane presented to the Board of Selectmen at the Sept. 12 meeting.)   RE: A Traffic Study for the Town of Saugus was mentioned at the BOS Meeting on June 25, 2018. The following are four views regarding Saugus traffic – plus information from a Mass DOT Road Safety Audit, July 25, 2017: Traffic at the Corner of Pearce Memorial Drive and Main Street. It would help to prevent traffic accidents when traveling over the Route 1 overpass toward the corner of Pearce Memorial Drive and Main Street – to make Pearce Memorial Drive a one-way street going toward the…

  • August 31 2018,  Saugus

    More signage increased traffic stops will help improve road safety, Chief DiMella says

     By Mark E. Vogler   Retiring Saugus Police Chief Domenic DiMella says he sees glaring problems the town needs to address in order to improve road safety “We need more signage. And we also need to have increased traffic stops within the town,” DiMella said in an interview this week. “I’m sure the next person who takes over for me will get this done with the manager and the Board of Selectmen. More signage. Like Melrose has. Get those signs up there,” DiMella said. “But, that’s hard to do when you answer 22,000 calls for service a year. And everybody is on a sector answering calls. We don’t really have…

  • February 2 2018,  Revere

    City Council talks Broadway and beach traffic issues

    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…