By SCOTT JACKSON
Mayor Thomas Koch and Ward 6 Councillor William Harris on Tuesday said they would propose legislation at the City Council next week to ban construction and commercial vehicles on the easternmost end of Dorchester Street and Moon Island Road.
Koch and Harris cited serious public safety concerns for any increased usage on the local roads through the densely populated area of Squantum, and said the move makes sense regardless of Boston’s announced intentions to build a new bridge to Long Island.
“This is a public safety issue, pure and simple,” Koch said. “The neighborhood is not built to absorb any more additional uses in that area – whether it be a bridge or anything else.”
“There can be no question,” Harris said, “about the reality and severity of the adverse impacts this additional traffic of quite literally hundreds of trucks every day through a residential neighborhood will have on Squantum. This is a common-sense approach to protect the neighborhood.”
The road safety measure would exempt vehicles owned by the Boston Fire Department or the Boston Police Department, allowing for continued usage of facilities operated by those agencies on Moon Island, which is owned by Boston but lies within the municipal boundaries of Quincy. The only access to Long Island is via Moon Island.
The new legislation would also make allowances for delivery trucks and other vehicles that need local-traffic access to the homes and other facilities within the boundaries of the proposed restricted area, including the Nickerson VFW Post.
Under the proposal, the commercial and construction vehicle prohibition would begin at the intersection of Dorchester and Shoreham Road and continue onto Moon Island Road.
Koch and Harris will host a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, at Squantum Elementary School, to discuss the public safety aspects of the proposed bridge reconstruction.