What's Malden's Worst Intersection?

Let us know in the comments, and we'll post the results next week.

Everyone complains about traffic, frequent red lights and bad drivers - but which Malden intersection has it the worst? 

Do people ignore signs or speed limits at this intersection? Does it have potholes, poor lighting, signs or lights that don't make sense? 

Let us know which Malden intersection is the worst in our comments below. 

Gene Pinkham July 06, 2012 at 09:06 PM
One problem with the Non Rotary is that the DCR owns that road. They put up some Yield Signs last year after some screaming and kicking but they really need Stop Signs. There was tree that blocked drivers coming from the Medford side from seeing oncoming north bound traffic. It was removed by the former Ward Councilor who apologized to the DCR.
marie iapicca July 06, 2012 at 10:05 PM
the stop sign at highland and fellsway is not really at the fellsway - it's a little before - so you really have to crawl into the fellsway to see on coming cars. that rotary/island is just common sense though, which people seem to lack all the time. My worse is eastern ave taking a left onto main street by walgreens. heaven forbid there's a bus coming at you in opposite lane. You cannot see around it to see traffic coming. I believe every light should have a right of way but alot don't.
Pam July 06, 2012 at 10:25 PM
wondering if you will post the question of which street has the worst bumps & cracks.. oh wait a minute, it may be easier to list the smooth streets... Love driving down Highland ave at 5am swerving all over the place so I can avoid it all... I look like a drunk driver, but I'm just trying to preserve my car!!!
Annmarie July 07, 2012 at 01:03 AM
The worst intersections, plural, are all three street crossings going to Malden T station, and those include Pearl Street and Centre Street intersection, the crossing midway between Pearl and Commercial Street, and Commercial street and Centre right at Malden T Station. For a blindperson crossing at any of those three places, it is humanly impossible because of the traffic patterning and the nonexistence of an All-points stop system with an audible sound. I actually had my mobility instructor write an email to the mayor, not that it went anywhere. that was when howard was the mayor.
Michael Sullivan July 07, 2012 at 01:05 AM
The intersection at the bottom of Glenwood Street at the Lights near Oak Grove..........B U M P Y !!!!!
PAULA July 07, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Hi. Yes, Fellsway,Upper Highland and Glenwood are the worst. Another is in front of the Malden T. The cabs are all lined up taking up a travel lane. Cab drivers don"t even look when they make U-turns and the buses are trying to get into the station.
ForestDale July 07, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Actually, this is usually done on purpose in heavily settled areas. The idea is to slow down traffic to avoid car/pedestrian accidents. Despite 1950's urban planning to the contrary, an at-grade freeway in the middle of downtown is actually a really bad idea. I'm not sure if this is done intentionally in Malden or just a happy coincidence.
Kerry Kolacz July 07, 2012 at 11:37 AM
The intersection at ferry/main/Salem by MHS .. especially taking a left onto main st going to Melrose, almost no one realizes that there is a red arrow there, & because the lights are green to go straight, people run that left right arrow ALL the time - it needs to be more evident or people should be getting pulled over for it
rich finn July 07, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Right by the train station and fire station people go straight in that right only lane and nearly cause accidents every day by the bebee school
Jack July 07, 2012 at 06:47 PM
I think the corner of Centre and Main should be in the running too. Not hard to navigate but really dangerous if you're going into or out of the Walgreen's/ Blockbuster lot (which I believe is the buissiest relative to it's size in the city). Car parts left on the street from previous accidents are a constant reminder there.
robert wilson July 07, 2012 at 07:15 PM
I have to agree Dick, Highland and the Fellsway is pretty bad.
James July 07, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Not as bad as some of the others, but could use improvement: Salem and Beach St. The stop sign on the right is almost completely covered by a tree 70% of the year. I think they added a short one on the left but people don't seem to notice it. I've seen SO many people run it, in part because it's an unusual intersection. Continuing straight on Salem? You stop. Turning on to Beach? You keep going. To out-of-towners, it gives the appearance drivers on Beach are running a stop sign. I've seen quite a few near-misses here. http://tinyurl.com/737khau A blinking red light for west bound traffic would fix some of that. A blinking red light along with a permanent green arrow for turning on to beach would fix the rest. This would be cheaper than a lot of installations as it doesn't require any logic.
200 unPleasant July 07, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Another for Highland Ave at the Fellsway
moxie July 08, 2012 at 01:38 AM
It all sucks. Just getting across Malden Is a total nightmare. Our kids go to The Salemwood...traffic laws are "not in effect, or not recognized" by most drivers. Regular "U-Turns-in-the school-zone" are rarely ticketed. No one gives a crap. Pick-up and Drop-off times are like a war-zone. I realize that it is school vacation, but I'm FREAKIN' FURIOUS that the City can't or won't enforce The School Zone Laws.
Jennifer July 08, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Chris, there is no such thing as a quick trip downtown. My vote is for the two intersections on Main St, where Charles St meets Main and where Eastern Ave meets Main. My kids used to walk to MHS from Bell Rock Park and drivers constantly blow through the red lights to make a right turn without stopping or even looking. The raised crosswalk on Rte 60/Pleasant St is a joke. You can't go the speed limit over that thing if you want to keep your undercarriage and can something be done about the giant dip/bump combo on Commercial St between Charles St & Rte 60?
Amy P. July 08, 2012 at 05:47 PM
I agree.....there should be a set of lights there...years ago they extended the median to slow traffic down, but if you ask me, it made it worse.
Amy P. July 08, 2012 at 05:49 PM
The Fellsway is controlled by the MDC...so yes, you are correct....city has no control.
Nick Wright July 08, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I'm sure I can think of a few, but right now I don't get the Main St. bend at Ferry St. and Salem St. If you're coming from the Melrose side, you have to stop at a red right arrow for really no apparent reason, as you have a great look at Salem St. traffic from there. If you're coming from the Square side, you have to sit at a red left arrow, when again, you have a great look at Salem St. traffic. (That said, I've seen multiple T buses blow the red arrow.) Are cars going past the high school moving at such a rate of speed that they feel the need to prevent turning on red, or in the latter example, left turns on green? The speed limit in front of the school should be no more than 15 for that stretch, as I've seen pedestrians struck by cars there before. By the way, folks - I've had people lean on their horn while I sit at said arrows. Here's the law, for future reference: c. Drivers, facing a steady RED ARROW indication may not enter the intersection to make the movement indicated by such arrow, and unless entering the intersection to make such other movement as is permitted by other indications shown at the same time, shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or if none, then before entering the intersection and shall remain standing until an indication to make the movement indicated by such arrow is shown.
Nick Wright July 08, 2012 at 06:56 PM
One more thought for now: Why do we keep replacing "Yield" signs with "Stop" signs? Are people too dense to understand what yield means? I've noticed this in multiple areas (specifically Bainbridge to Rockwell, and Eastern Ave. to Ferry just a few days ago) and it seems like we're restricting the flow of traffic because a couple of people probably misinterpreted the sign. We're dumbing down our traffic system and stopping progress by catering to these people.
Traci July 08, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Malden driving in general is infuriating, but the intersection at Eastern and Main/Madison and Main is the worst. I've seen more drivers speed through a red light down Main street (away from Centre) than I can count.
Pietro Cicolini July 08, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Medford Street leading up to Main Street is bumpy and dodgy all the way back from Green Street. Also GIVE US A PROTECTED LEFT TURN ONTO Rte 60 west (toward Medford) from Main Street.
Shannon July 08, 2012 at 11:08 PM
I agree with the Ferry/Main/Salem St intersection. I drive through there every morning bringing my daughter to school and it's terrible. I also vote for Salem and Beach. The only thing determining the flow is the stop sign coming down Salem from the north and we all know no one uses turn signals around here so you have to guess which way people are going.
Brian White July 09, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Salem and Beach St. is kinda confusing, and could use some clearer signs. Lots of people mistake the blinking yellow light for a stop sign. One annoying thing about the intersection of 60 and Main St. - at least during evening rush hour, it seems like the left turn arrow from 60 east onto Main always coincides with a red light at the intersection of Main and Exchange St. So all the cars turning left quickly fill up the small amount of space between Main and Exchange streets - if there's a T bus among those turning left, the bus always ends up blocking 60 westbound for a while (and the T drivers have to be willing to block that intersection to turn left - otherwise it'd take forever to turn onto Main). That light at Main and Exchange St. could be timed better.
Dana Roberts July 09, 2012 at 11:24 AM
just today I was at the "yield" part of the Highland/Fellsway fiasco heading north and I got passed on the right by a a-hole in a little blue car with a Transformer decal on the back
S S July 09, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Main St/Eastern Ave/Madison St intersection
Bobby James July 09, 2012 at 02:14 PM
The point of the raised crosswalk is to make you SLOW DOWN. It's a SPEED BUMP. So, yeah, going the speed limit over that and your car bottoming out IS ACCEPTABLE.
Leslie July 09, 2012 at 07:08 PM
i live near a four way stop off near Ferry Way School. if i sit for a few minutes and watch traffic at the intersection, i would estimate that 50% of the cars do not stop for the signs. some do not even slow down, they blow through like there are no signs at all. we've had several serious accidents here over the years, with one jeep ending up on our lawn. (back when it was only a two way stop- all of us petitioned to get it a four way which has cut down on # of accidents). i am flabbergasted at how many drivers disregard stop signs, red lights, emergency vehicles, speed limits, and traffic rules in general.
DannyBoy July 10, 2012 at 03:46 AM
I bet a lot of these drivers, who disregard the traffic rules, don't carry a valid driver's license because either they flunked driving school or had their license suspended due to prior violations. The traffic police would have a field day here.
Marie Gendron July 13, 2012 at 06:39 PM
The intersection of Green St, Bellrock St, & Medford St.
Mike Noneya July 18, 2012 at 05:42 AM
Broadway and Eastern Ave has always been crazy. Broadway and Salem too.


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