More about traffic tie-ups and poor roadway design in Allston from Ray Swartz's letter to the Globe
Roads in Union Square lead to . . . a tight merge and gridlock - The Boston Globe: "Gridlock is usually caused by the selfish actions of drivers who do not obey the law regarding red lights. Nothing is ever done about this, because there is no traffic enforcement in my neighborhood, Allston-Brighton.
But there is another kind of gridlock caused by the City of Boston. I am referring to intersections where two lanes of traffic are required to merge in the middle of the intersection. You would think it obvious that intersections should not be designed this way, but consider the busy intersection at Union Square, Allston, where Cambridge Street, Brighton Avenue, and North Beacon come together."