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Focus Turns to Sullivan Square Traffic After Recent Accidents

A bicyclist and a pedestrian were struck by vehicles less than a week apart from one another in Charlestown.

Sullivan Square in Charlestown. Credit: Google Maps
Sullivan Square in Charlestown. Credit: Google Maps

Traffic safety in the Sullivan Square area received heightened attention this week after two individuals were struck by vehicles less than a week apart, with one of the victims being fatally injured. 

On Tuesday, a pedestrian was struck by a car near the rotary in Sullivan Square around 11:30 a.m. The victim, identified as a 70-year-old man, was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital but is expected to survive, according to the Boston Herald

Last Thursday, Owner McGrory, 31, of Chelsea, was struck and killed while riding his bike in the area of Cambridge and Spice streets on the afternoon of Thursday, April 3. A Swampscott man was charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing death, and a not-guilty please was entered on his behalf in Charlestown Municipal Court. McGrory's wife spoke out about the incident this week. 

The investigation of both traffic-related incidents are ongoing.

An acquaintance of the victim involved in Tuesday's incident told the Herald the Sullivan Square area is a hazard for pedestrians, and a spokeswoman for the office of Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said that having more than one dangerous incident in the area within a week was "alarming," according to the Herald.

What do you think about the traffic in Sullivan Square? Should improvements be made to strengthen safety for pedestrians and bicyclists? Let us know in the comments section below!

Joseph April 10, 2014 at 03:24 PM
@kellynwright - if you think Boston is going to give their stamp of approval without Wynn fixing Sullivan Square and rt.99 as part of the deal, then you clearly don't understand how this City works. Yes, cars will always win when involved in accidents with pedestrians and cyclists. And yes, as this city grows and expands, traffic will increase no matter what is built or not built. If we want a pedestrian and cyclist friendly city, bury the traffic and create greenspace. Don't make intersections and roadways pretty by adding trees and wider sidewalks. G'day
Joseph April 10, 2014 at 03:26 PM
ps. Article pertaining to Charlestown and it's removed entirely from the main page. Why are local businesses advertising on this page?
Vincent Caristo April 11, 2014 at 03:51 PM
One easy fix might be to have traffic officers helping to direct the traffic in the square. Even trainees are better than nothing at all. The casino will make all this much worse-during the building stage and after. A "flyover" might help but again this is expensive and will disrupt the entire area while it is being built. There needs to be an alternative route laid out while building takes place so that reconstruction can go on 24/7. There are solutions to every problem but there must be the political and public will to get it done.

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