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
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
And, What About The Cost?
Again, some good information, yet the question remains, why?
Why, in our town would a roundabout serve the traffic better than the current traffic light at Route 20 and Route 148 does now? How would a roundabout be better at New Boston Road, and Route 20?
Both areas are completely different. New Boston Road currently has no traffic controls in place, but does have the land surrounding it to put in some form of control such as lights, or a roundabout. Most importantly it needs a traffic control.
Rout 148 and Route 20 already have traffic lights in place. Widening of the intersection to accommodate turning traffic, at each road would be very helpful. A roundabout here? Tell me why it would be better, and the fix less expensive than what I have mentioned.
No sarcasm here, just a true desire to learn, and know why.
Route 20, and Route 148 also have limited land at the site. The former fire station that houses the dance studio would find it self on the endangered species list, as would any store planning going in near the mill.
When I ask why, I would truly like an honest, well thought out answer backed up by traffic control engineering science that states that in our particular case it would be ideal. Not an answer that remotely says, "It'll improve traffic flow".
A monkey with a red flag at New Boston Road would improve traffic flow.