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Turn Restrictions into Mudville to be Implemented

by Bobby Blair
January 16, 2019

Mudvillians filled the seats at Monday night's selectmen's meeting to hear how safety changes will affect their neighborhood. McMahon Engineeers had already suggested post downtown traffic lights implementation suggestions for the Mudville area, and that report was reviewed and suggestions added by three local department heads.  Fire Chief Mike Cassidy, Police Chief Matt Stone and DPW Chief Sean Reese all considered the new recommendations with several minor changes. Those changes include new speed limits (upon town meeting approval), new crosswalks and new stop signs. Police Chief Matt Stone had problems with limiting thru trucking in Mudville as he noted that size of the trucks would have to be stated. Stone also told the board that "we only have so much manpower to enforce any new regulations, although we don't want volunteer constables down there helping out."

A new four way stop will be heralded at Pleasant & Mechanic Streets and a three way stop implemented at School & Union Streets. For those heading east during the morning commute, drivers will no longer be able to turn right onto Pleasant, Spring or School Streets between the hours of 6 am to 9am, seven days a week. Chief Stone said he would like all the changes to be phased in as doing too much too quickly is information overload. DPW Chief Reese said his department will have the no right turn signs up as rapidly as possible.

 

 

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Comments (9)

So glad I don't take a right onto Pleasant street... I go straight across from Prospect .... (that I have done since 1994 after moving into this part of town from another part of town)....and so will everyone else!!! They will just loop from Marked tree or Wilkins to prospect and shoot straight across.

You think traffic is bad now??? Wait until you restrict these turns, the backups on Washington street will be even longer through town, and more people will be driven to going down Highland on either directions to go those back roads to avoid town. The only difference will be that since the lights went in, I've notice more people being kind and letting you out or across Washington- that will stop- people will block it totally because there will be no reason to let people in. Or the other thing- people will just manage it to take a left into one of these side streets.

- Wendy | 1/20/19 12:16 AM

I want to apologize for my comment about stickers for mudville residents to continue turning right on there streets. It was an off hand comment about another poster bringing that up. It was mean and I am sorry. I am glad that the mudville issue has been addressed and I hope it works. Thanks

- Bill Littlefield | 1/17/19 11:33 AM

As a parent of student that walks to the HS and must cross Highland at Prentice, I can not agree more with previous comments. Something must be done! There is not even a crosswalk sign there and cars come speeding around the curve. My child finds it very difficult crossing because it's hard to read the drivers making lefts, rights or going straight and when it is thought everyone has stopped, a car that couldn't be seen comes flying around the curve. Many cars simply won't stop because they don't slow down and they don't realize there is a poorly marked painted crossing on the road. I'm most concerned about my child's safety, but I also find it dangerous behind the wheel at the Prentice/Hollis/ Highland intersections. We've previously raised our concerns about student crossing safety there with the town, and just got a looking into it with no foreseeable action. Guess Mudville was the priority and now traffic will get even more dangerous on Highland!

- Susan | 1/17/19 10:26 AM

This sounds like a reasonable solution to the cut through traffic in Mudville. I want to add to the comments regarding Hollis, Highland and Prentice Streets. Since the lights downtown have gone in, there has been a marked increase in the traffic heading east on Highland in the morning and west on Highland in the evening. Many of the vehicles exceed the speed limit, especially approaching the Prentice, Highland, Hollis intersection. The curves in this section of the road make it very difficult to turn left onto Highland from Hollis or Prentice. I don't know what the solution to this dangerous situation might be, but believe it ought to be studied, and addressed, as quickly as possible. As one commenter said, in addition to traffic, this area also includes high school students walking to and from school.

- Ginny Keniry | 1/16/19 9:26 PM

The Board and our public safety officials worked hard to address overwhelming resident concerns and the good data to support those concerns. The result is a good compromise including limited turn restrictions and signage and paint to calm traffic. These changes are NEEDED and welcome even though they don't solve all the other real traffic problems in town. Thank you BoS, HFD, HPD, and DPW!

- Tina Hein | 1/16/19 5:28 PM

I agree with Heather - Cars coming west turn down hollis and go around to highland and then back onto Washington to avoid the lights. They also cut through Brentwood to get further down on Washington into Milford. Also now that we have solved Mudvilles problems are we going to address the rest of the cut thrus or do we have to wait for the Pleasant street residents to get there special stickers so they can continue to take right turns into Mudville?

- Bill Littlefield | 1/16/19 5:01 PM

Just adding on to Eric's comment- Highland is also hard to turn onto from Hollis and Prentice. During rush hours the speed limits are not followed and it is dangerous for drivers but more importantly the students trying to cross from the high school. Once you make a change there is a domino effect and we need solutions for all the issues not just one isolated issue.

- Heather | 1/16/19 2:30 PM

I guess I'm wondering where the 500+ new trips during peak hours they counted "cutting through" Mudville since the new lights went in are going to go? Even with current cut throughs the traffic is backed up all the way from Exchange Street to Marked Tree Road. Does this mean my street(Highland Street) is going to become more of a super highway than it already is with people trying to avoid downtown? Was this studied or is this the knee jerk reaction to the 20 or so people that have been complaining, stagger parking their cars in the road or putting sawhorses out there in Mudville? If I was them I would be mad too, but how is this going to affect other parts of town? I propose no left turns onto Highland in the morning?

- Eric | 1/16/19 1:46 PM

Question about restricting turns in the morning onto Pleasant, Spring or School, what about someone that is going to or lives on Pleasant, Spring or School Street or somewhere else in Mudville? The homeowner who lives on the corner of Pleasant Street (driveway is on Pleasant) coming home from Braggville would have to drive past their house down to Exchange and then make their way through Mudville to get back to Pleasant? Add to the round about trip, I wonder how many cycles of the light at Exchange that will take?

- Carol | 1/16/19 11:56 AM

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