Mass Pike safety - letters to the editor

To follow up today's story in the Globe and keep the attention on this issue, you can all help by writing a letter to the editor. If all of us write even a short letter, the volume of letters will tell them that it is a good issue to cover and make them more likely to publish the best letter they get on the subject. Importand points to make in the letter are:
  • We are not asking for a sound barrier to be built now. Every time the sound barrier issue comes up the Turnpike just tells us we have to wait because we are lower on their list. We don’t seem to be able to move up on their list and this issue becomes a conversation stopper.
  • We want a safe wall tall enough to block snow. The Turnpike told us that without a safe wall to block snow we would not be safe. The wood fence is obviously not capable of blocking snow.
  • We want a safe wall strong enough to prevent an accident on the Turnpike from ending up on Lincoln Street
To submit a letter to the editor, e-mail letter@globe.com or use the this form
Letters may be sent by fax to (617) 929-2098 or by regular mail to:
    Letters to the Editor
    The Boston Globe
    P.O. Box 55819
    Boston, MA 02205-5819
    Include your full name, address, and a telephone number for confirmation purposes. Letters should be 200 words or less. Here is the letter I wrote this morning:
    Nationally, more than 14,000 people are killed and one million are injured each year in run-off road accidents. The residents of Allston have also been warned by Turnpike officials about the dangers of snow plowed from the Pike’s new breakdown lane onto Lincoln Street (“After storm, Pike faces complaints”, December 13). The wood fence that the Turnpike built this year is not strong enough to block plowed snow – sections of this fence came crashing down after this season’s first snow. It should therefore be replaced with a wall able to protect us from both these dangers. The new wall should be tall enough to block plowed snow and strong enough to prevent a crash on the Turnpike from ending up in someone’s front yard. My neighbors and I are not asking for a sound barrier to be built now. In 2004 the Turnpike spent $12,000,000 to build a safe barrier between the eastbound and westbound lanes of traffic. We are only asking the Turnpike be as serious about the safety of people who live near their road as it is about the safety of people who drive on it.

    Harry Mattison
    28 Mansfield St, Allston
    617 538 7038

      6 comments:

      1. Anonymous1:02 PM

        Harry,

        I sent my letter to The Globe - it read:

        The residents of the Lincoln Street stretch of Allston have waited many years for a sound barrier insulator from the Mass Pike. This summer, we were told that a temporary barrier was needed to protect
        against snow plowing for the winter. As reported by the Globe, that barrier has already broken after the first serious snowfall of this season.

        I live in Allston and work in Newton, so I travel the distance between Exit 17 and Exit 16 every weekday. I marvel at the strong wooden barriers built between the Pike and the houses that were already
        towering over the highway, never in any danger of being involved in a high-speed traffic mishap. And I wonder why the disparity exists - could someone at the Turnpike Authority please provide a logical reason? I certainly have my socio-economic suspicions...

        Nice blog...

        John Eskew
        15 Athol St.

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