A lot of renewal, and a lot of money - $13 million dollars, but let's face it, there is a need for a lot of that work to be done. I don't know how I feel about the roundabout. I have to work out just how that will make the traffic flow better, and make things safer than the lights that are currently in place, especially since other safety issues are not being addressed.
The reconfigured Stallion Hill intersection is long overdue. The redesign is to allow traffic to turn left at the light, when heading west on Main Street, and onto Stallion Hill Road. This will be better for those heading to Old Sturbridge Village, and the shops at the intersection.
New trees, plantings, pavers, reconfigurations, roundabouts, decorative lighting, a new crosswalk, sidewalks all designed to make the road more esthetically pleasing, and safer.
$13 million dollars to be spent to make the changes happen.
This will be a huge project. Another project this size won't happen for another thirty years so we may as get as much bang for our buck now. So, what's missing from this undertaking?
- Burying the utility lines. The road will be dug up, sounds like a great time to bury the lines. No amount of planting, and decorative lighting will hide the ADA noncompliance of the poles in the middle of the sidewalks, and their plain unattractiveness. Flowers, lights and trees are nothing more than lipstick on a pig unless those lines are buried.
- Traffic light at the intersection of Arnold Road, and Route 20. This should have been addressed years ago. Today, those leaving Arnold Road for parts beyond must wait, and wait for a kindhearted person driving on Route 20 to stop, and allow them to come out and onto Route 20. This can take a very long time, and as a result, people become impatient. This can lead to all sorts of problems.
- Traffic light at the intersection of New Boston Road, and Route 20. This is the most dangerous intersection town. Two lives have been lost there in recent memory, yet drivers must run the gauntlet each time they pull out of their road, and onto Route 20. If you are spending the money for a roundabout that is being touted as a traffic flow, and safety improvement, then why not take on the bigger issue 1/10 of a mile to the east.