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Traffic Woes Plague Selectmen's Meeting

by Bobby Blair
September 18, 2018

Traffic congestion on Marshall Street especially during soccer tournaments was voiced by several neighborhood residents Monday evening. The concerns were parking outside the posted signs and a hopeful plan that HYSA has a plan moving forward for more off street parking. Chief Matt Stone was present and will conduct more patrols in the area. Tailgating and noise arising from such gatherings on Sundays were also pointed out to the board.

A full house was present to hear Bob Smith of McMahon Assoc. speak relative to the downtown lights. His discussiion was short lived when Mudville residents wished to hear about the new repercussions the lights have on increased traffic through their neighborhood. The residents pressed for a 20 MPH speed limit, noting the present speed of 30 MPH is the same as it is through the center of town.Selectmen opted to wait until McMahon Assoc. conducts another one day traffic count and compares it to figures last recorded in 2016 to come up with a plan of action. Those actions could be a lowering of speed limits and possible one way streets. Police Chief Stone said he didn't feel that 30 MPH is unreasonable for that area of town referring to Mudville.

 

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Comments (3)

Make the lights blink at all times unless someone presses walk button, then have them turn red. Was the main issue for the lights for pedestrian safety or vehicle safety?

- Bill Littlefild | 9/19/18 10:05 AM

the traffic issues these light have caused affects MANY areas of Holliston and not just Mudville. Lately it seems that this site should be renamed "The Mudville Reporter". Other day I had to go to work a bit later and headed Prentice to Highland and the line of cars was backed up to the golf course club house! Big increase in traffic through Brentwood area as well. This is not just a Mudville concern, it's just the rest of town has been steadily increasing for years! Editors of this site need to remember there is more to Holliston than just Mudville.

- scott | 9/18/18 7:32 PM

It seems clear to me that the three new lights have created far more problems than they have solved. The Mudville cut-through is a byproduct of the apparently ill-advised installation of these lights. The town survived fairly well for more almost three centuries without these lights. It seems obvious at least to me that the only viable and sensible plan is to remove them. There should be no left turn westbound on Route 16 from Central or Eastbound from Hollis Street during rush hour-- this would obviate the need for these devices. I am now stuck for sometimes 20 minutes in the am and pm commutes stopping at sometimes all three lights!!

It seems the powers that be should recognize that this configuration, while well-intended, has been an utter failure.

- John | 9/18/18 1:55 PM

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