In acknowledgment of the growing gridlock in the Seaport District, city and state leaders gathered Wednesday to offer modest short-term plans they hope will alleviate some of the neighborhood’s traffic issues. While no big-ticket fix was identified, officials promised that a new long-term transportation plan for the area is forthcoming.
It is a problem that has drawn increasing attention in recent months: The Innovation District’s success has outpaced its transportation capacity, leading to rush hour nightmares for motorists and commuters on the Silver Line, with little relief in sight.
The last comprehensive transportation plan for the neighborhood was published in 2000. Much has changed since then, and city and state officials have found themselves without a blueprint for how to accommodate the area’s growth.
“Our challenge is to support new economic growth and enhance the quality of life in the neighborhoods,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino said at Wednesday’s press conference. “A sound transportation plan is key to achieving this balance.”
Menino listed small-scale efforts the city has taken in recent weeks. Transportation Department officials restriped the road surface of Evelyn Moakley Bridge, the stretch of Seaport Boulevard that connects the Fort Point area with the Financial District, to prevent traffic snarls caused by confused motorists. They have added “Don’t Block the Box” signs at three intersections, warning motorists to refrain from stranding themselves between traffic lights.
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