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Cambridge Parkway traffic direction and parking
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Jimmy
2012-05-02 16:39:07 UTC
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Cambridge Parkway, the narrow road along the river between the
Longfellow and Museum of Science bridges, used to be one way
eastbound, and have unrestricted parking except 7-10 AM weekdays.

Google Maps now shows it flowing one way west, but the aerial and
street view photos show the old configuration. This ambiguous press
release implies they permanently changed it to one way westbound in
2011, in an effort to make the Kendall Square traffic pattern even
less intuitive and convenient: http://www.mass.gov/dcr/news/2011/ta11-10-7.pdf

Does the unrestricted parking remain?

Jimmy
John F. Carr
2012-05-04 13:17:11 UTC
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Post by Jimmy
Cambridge Parkway, the narrow road along the river between the
Longfellow and Museum of Science bridges, used to be one way
eastbound, and have unrestricted parking except 7-10 AM weekdays.
Google Maps now shows it flowing one way west, but the aerial and
street view photos show the old configuration. This ambiguous press
release implies they permanently changed it to one way westbound in
2011, in an effort to make the Kendall Square traffic pattern even
less intuitive and convenient: http://www.mass.gov/dcr/news/2011/ta11-10-7.pdf
See section 94 of chapter 291 of the acts of 2004:

"Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the
contrary, the department of conservation and recreation shall alter the
current traffic flow on the street known as Cambridge parkway in the
city of Cambridge from a north, northeasterly direction to a south,
southwesterly direction, and shall maintain said street as a one way
street in its altered traffic flow."

This was approved August 10, 2004. The DCR waited over seven years
to comply. I never learned why this section was added to the
transportation reform law.
--
John Carr (***@mit.edu)
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