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Selectmen's Meeting - Mudville Speed Study

by Mary Greendale
October 10, 2018

Residents of Mudville again appeared at the Public Comment part of the Selectmen’s agenda at the October 9th meeting of the Board. 

Tina Hein talked about Walk Boston, a program to create safe walkable streets and suggested that the popularity of the Rail Trail demonstrates a strong, local interest in walking and riding bikes. Ms. Hein again asked that the residents be allowed to provide input into a study about the speed limit in the neighborhood. It is currently 30 mph.

Several neighbors offered their opinions and anecdotes of speeding cars and unsafe driving they had encountered. Jean Spera said that most neighborhoods could use help with walkability and safety, and she called upon the Board to, "Be forward looking for town, start here because everyone is willing to help you out."

Selectman John Cronin asked if they had any metrics in mind to be considered. They did not have metrics to suggest but Ms Hein said that the state provides the Town flexibility and provides a list of site characteristics that should be taken into account, like density, proximity to parks in the area, and other safety considerations. 

When the neighbors were done, Robert Smith of McMahon Associates told the Board that the volume data will be collected next week, and the Board will receive their report by the end October. McMahon will be repeating counts at specific locations in Mudville to compare with the numbers they collected two years ago from the same places. This will provide a good comparison and solid data.

Smith told the Board that the numbers will be small but that what their team will look at is the proportionate increase in traffic since the lights were installed. “Volume there will never be huge but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a problem,” according to Smith.

As for speed, Smith said that there are characteristics in Mudville that deserve a look and likely would tend toward lower speeds. McMahon’s report will include a toolbox of suggestions that the Town could take affecting volume and speed, but the final decisions will be value judgments locally.

The Selectmen approved amending the contract to have McMahon undertake the speed study. They also verified with Smith that he and the team have read and discussed all of the concerns raised by neighbors, and those concerns would be taken into account.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For every action you take to improve one situation there may be unintended and unforeseeable reactions. Obviously, people are now cutting through Mudville more than ever. All parties should consider ALL possible ramifications before implementation. Lower speed limits without enforcement may not do anything. A full time is not the answer either. Consider the solution carefully.

- Mark Schultz | 10/11/18 6:20 AM

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