- The difference between the old intersection and the new intersection is "negligible". With the old intersection being as badly designed as it was, and by the engineers own admission, trucks were using the soft berm to increase their turning radius before, why would the design of the new intersection not allow for this since this situation was well known? Why would hard infrastructure such as granite curbing, and sidewalks be placed on the original foot print of the old intersection thus preventing trucks from making those hard turns? Who was the Sturbridge expert(s) feeding information to the State engineers? Who were the Sturbridge folks giving their feedback on the design? Why would the state engineer stay with a bad old design?
- The work was to restore what was already there without improvement to a bad intersection. Why? Look at the other intersections along Route 131 from Route 20 to the Southbridge town line. The new intersections look like a Boeing 747 could land inside of each one. At some, such as Wallace Road, where Savers Bank is, there was some land taking to make the intersection wider to allow for a better turning radius. Why was this not done at Haynes Street, especially since the rehab of the Center School was being done at the same time and the work could be coordinated? Did they feel it would have a negative impact to the War Memorial?
- There is an admission that the intersection is plain wrong from the engineers, and a solution of moving back the stop lines admits to this. Yes, that will be a temporary fix, as noted, but what about the permanent fix, since it is alluded to?
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