Newton City Councilor Emily Norton is calling for scaling back the size of the Massachusetts Turnpike and Soldiers Field Road in the narrow stretch of land called the throat between BU and the Charles River – going from eight lanes to six on the Turnpike (three in each direction) and four lanes to two (one in each direction) on Soldiers Field Road, CommonWealth reports.

As a Newton city councilor, Norton acknowledged her proposal for fewer lanes on the Turnpike and Soldiers Field Road might not sit well with many of her constituents who commute into Boston from the west, which is another reason why better traffic projections are needed.

“I am happy to sell this to my constituents, but you haven’t given me anything to sell,” she said.







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