Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?
These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.
Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...
...seems to be working so far
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Will Someone Turn on the Lights, Please?
Traffic lights. We need more, and let me tell you why. There is a US highway, Route 20, four lanes wide in most parts, stretching through our town on its way to the Pacific Ocean, and there are only seven sets of traffic lights on it. At the intersection of Route 49 we need one for obvious reasons, in front of the Hobbs Brook Shopping Plaza, again, for obvious reasons, at the intersection of Route 131, a little further west in front of the Piccadilly Pub for traffic control across the road, in front of OSV, at Cedar Street, and at the intersection of Holland Road and Route 148.
Based on the reasoning one must assume the engineers gave to place lights at these spots, all necessary by the way, one would think that the same reasoning would have been used for where New Boston Road intersects with Route 20, and at Hall Road.
Two men died at the New Boston Road intersection a few years ago. Would a light have prevented the accident? Dunno, but it sure as heck wouldn't have hurt none. Try turning into New Boston Road from the east side of Route 20. It isn't easy is it? And, how about turning into Hall Road when you are westbound on 20?
There are a few other places in town that could use a flashing light, or a complete set of signals, but these two places are tops on the list, especially the New Boston Road intersection.
There. I said it. Traffic lights. I know, it isn't something we want, but we sure as heck need considering how Route 20 is built. I mean, it's four lanes wide! Every intersection should have a set of lights, and throw a set in in front of XtraMart while we're at it, too.
OK. I feel better. It's like gas sometimes. After you burp you feel so much better.