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Citizen complaint of the day: American Legion Highway has become a tire-eating monster

An alarmed citizen filed a 311 complaint late Friday about conditions on American Legion Highway before Canterbury Street:

American legion highway has manholes eating up everyone's Tires. I went over one and was sure that was it for my driver side tire. I saw people pulled over with their flats a few hours ago. Please fix them ASAP. Now there's only one lane across from the high school going towards walk hill street from Blue Hill Ave.

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Dear citizens, perhaps also consider slowing down your vehicles. The city of course should maintain the roads, but you should also not be going at such a speed that you are unable to safely maneuver.

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These potholes will damage your car at any speed, and they're nearly impossible to see if there's any glare from oncoming headlights.

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Isn't that a DCR road?

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Canterbury Road connects American Legion Highway with Morton Street. I've seen some pretty almost historic crashes there.
It always amazes me when people get pulled out of a crumpled mass of metal and plastic alive. Be glad your trip was slowed by potholes.

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I am not thankful for potholes. They are not the way to have a safe road.

Every brain cycle a driver spends on dodge-the-pothole is one less cycle for watching for pedestrians or other vehicles.

And a bicycle hitting a pothole could easily toss the rider over the handlebars, causing a broken bone or worse.

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American Legion is a city-owned parkway with mostly a top speed of 30 mph and two slower school zones. It is not a highway.

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What is your definition of parkway vs highway, and why does American Legion qualify as the former?

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Highways are state-owned roads with high speeds of up to 65 mph. Boston parkways are city-owned roads that are designated Greenbelt Protection Overlay Districts (Boston ordinance article 29). That ordinance lists American Legion, whicj is city-owned with mostly a top speed limit of 30 mph including two school zones.

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So a parkway is a road with a 30 mph limit, and people should go slowly because it's a parkway? That's rather circular logic.

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people shouldn't speed, anyhow. It's suicidal and homicidal to do so, anyway.

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Maybe this keeps the Fast & Furious wannabes to a minimum?

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