East Boston mom: faded crosswalks a dangerous ‘embarrassment’

BOSTON — Meridian Street is one of the longest and busiest roadways in East Boston, with a steady stream of cars and foot traffic.

But a frustrated mom recently turned to Facebook to vent her frustration with simply crossing the street.

“Walking my son to the bus this morning and this is an EMBARRASSMENT,” Tina St. Gelais Kelly wrote in an East Boston Facebook group. “I am really getting sick of living here and having to beg for crosswalks for myself and my family to be safe crossing the street.”

Kelly posted pictures of old, faded crosswalks along her walk. A Boston 25 News crew went to Meridian Street and found several cracked, hard-to-see crosswalks near Eutaw, Lexington and Monmouth streets.

“It does need to be freshened up,” said Betty Hantkovich, a 15-year East Boston resident. “I wish it was more visible for the cars. You have to be careful with what you’re doing.”

Kateline Fonseca walks Meridian Street almost every day with her two young children.

“It is tough because it’s hard to see and there’s a lot of cars coming from all directions,” Fonseca said.

Boston 25 contacted the Boston Department of Transportation. A department spokesperson said portions of East Boston are scheduled to be repaved this spring.

“Part of Meridian Street is on our list for repaving,” the spokesperson said. “We are scheduled to be on Meridian St[reet] next week to look at the pavement marking that are not included in the repaving project and will make sure crosswalks that need new markings get them.”

The city will start this work in the next two weeks, according to the spokesperson.

“As a pedestrian, I’m not even sure if I’m allowed to cross here,” Rebecca Wright said, pointing to a cracked, vanishing crosswalk near Lexington Street.

“I actually try to not cross these types of main streets just because I hate dealing with vehicles not being able to see me, so I try to keep to the side streets,” Wright said.

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