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
Thursday, August 1, 2013
How Was This Ever Overlooked In The Planning Stages?
Now, if you are not familiar with this area, let me fill you in. There is foot traffic out of that apartment complex, and out onto Route 20. People walking to McKnucks, the bank, Dunkin's, and elsewhere cross Route 20 to get to the north side of the road where the sidewalks are.
They actually run across Route 20. Why? Because there is not a crosswalk there. How was this ever overlooked when Heritage Green was presenting its plans before the Planning Board? We've gone from a major oversight to worrying about the color of reflective tape, and seed dispersal into the river.
Amazing. In front of the largest apartment complex in the town of Sturbridge, there is not a crosswalk. In fact, there is not any sidewalks on the south side of Route 20 going to the intersection of Route 148, Holland Road, and Route 20.
This is not the first time I have seen people bolting across the road in this area. Tonight, with the setting sun in my eyes, it was almost tragic. Fortunately, I am familiar with the road, and what to expect here, and I was flying. Someone else may not be cautious.
For those of you in the know, what is required to have a crosswalk placed across a road in town? Is it a simple matter of filling out an application, or do we wait until the need is seen with an accident? Will the town say that it is a state road, and they cannot do anything about painting a crosswalk without an engineering study, or will Chief Ford say that there is an immediate safety issue at this location, and order a crosswalk to be painted.
I am hoping for the latter, but I would be surprised if it was just that easy.
I'm in the mood to be surprised.
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