City of Somerville
Massachusetts

Agenda Item
190375
Work Completed
Feb 14, 2013 7:00 PM

14 That the Commissioner of Public Works appear before the Committee on Public Health and Public Safety to discuss the impact of the use of brick cross walks, their impact on the handicapped community, the measures in place to ensure that such cross walks comply with all state regulations and whether such cross walks should be used in future road work.

Information

Department:Board of AldermenSponsors:Alderman At Large William A. White Jr.
Category:OrderFunctions:Order

Body

That the Commissioner of Public Works appear before the Committee on Public Health and Public Safety to discuss the impact of the use of brick cross walks, their impact on the handicapped community, the measures in place to ensure that such cross walks comply with all state regulations and whether such cross walks should be used in future road work.

 

Meeting History

Nov 9, 2010 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting
RESULT:APPROVED
Dec 6, 2010 6:00 PM  Public Health and Public Safety Committee Committee Meeting

The committee discussed the use of bricks in crosswalks and heard from state officials, design consultants, community activists, and residents regarding the pros and cons. Several letters, comments and photos were presented and included in this record. Alderman Connolly asked that repairs to 5 areas in Davis Square be made immediately. Mr. Koty informed the members that repairs are being made as soon as possible, noting that the city only has one brick layer. Chairman White requested that a list of planned street construction projects be provided to the committee and requested that the committee be notified in advance of the hearing regarding the plans for the reconstruction of Davis Square will take place. Members of the public spoke against the use of brick for crosswalks because of their impact on the disabled and the fact that many communities have discontinued using such sidewalks.

Alderman O’Donovan’s motion that the Commissioner of Public Works provide the committee with a listing of ramps that have been requested to be made ADA compliant, indicating those that have been completed, was approved.

Chairman White’s motion that the Commissioner of Public Works devise and implement an ordinary maintenance plan and a regular inspection schedule of brick crosswalks in the city, was approved.

Chairman White’s motion that the Director of Transportation and Infrastructure consult with Mr. Robert Estrelle, (City of Boston Public Works Department) for input relative to the Davis Square project, was approved.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEENext: 12/4/2013 6:00 PM
Jan 25, 2011 6:00 PM  Public Health and Public Safety Committee Committee Meeting

Numerous complaints have been received regarding the condition of the brick crosswalks in Davis Square, especially from handicapped individuals. The committee discussed alternatives to using brick and asked that Mr. Koty investigate and provide pictures of the materials used by the state and other communities. Chairman White stated that he intends to schedule a committee meeting in the future to discuss a Resolution as to whether the City should no longer use brick crosswalks.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
May 21, 2012 6:00 PM  Public Health and Public Safety Committee Committee Meeting

Mr. Koty stated that all crosswalks have been checked and found to be fine, however, there are a few curbs that need to be repaired. Mr. Boukili stated that he is not aware of any problems with the brick pavers.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Feb 6, 2013 6:30 PM  Public Health and Public Safety Committee Committee Meeting
RESULT:WORK COMPLETED
Feb 14, 2013 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting
RESULT:WORK COMPLETED