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So How Are Those Restricted Turn & Stop Sign's Working Out?

by Bobby Blair
April 25, 2019

This is a two-part story. Part 1 is from Bobby Blair's vantage point.  Part 2 is from Chris Cain's vantage point and compares current counts to previous McMahon traffic studies.

This is a two-part story. Part 1 is from Bobby Blair's vantage point.  Part 2 is from Chris Cain's vantage point and compares current counts to previous McMahon traffic studies.

Part 1 - Bobby Blair

Those new stop sign's along with the restricted no right turn onto Pleasant, Spring and School Streets between 6 am to 9am have been up now for almost two weeks. This writer was asked by DPW Chief Sean Reese at Monday night's selectmen's meeting if I thought the new signs were having any impact. I confessed to Reese that I actually found myself breaking the law more than once when I failed to stop at the new signs in the neighborhood I've lived in for 41 years. On Tuesday April 23rd & Wednesday April 24th, I did a survey (unscientific, folks) from 7 am to 7:30 am at the School & Union Street intersections. Here's what I observed:  Tuesday 49 cars entered the intersection, 23 vehicles stopped, 20 rolled through the intersection, and 6 vehicles said oops what stop sign. Wednesday: 63 vehicles entered the intersection, 33 stopped at the stop signs, 18 rolled through the stop signs, and 12 said what stop sign.

HollistonReporter.com last morning count was held on August 31st 2018 between the hours of 7-7:30 am when 65 vehicles passed through this same intersection. School was also in session on that date.

Part 2 - Chris Cain

This morning (Wed.) I conducted a ‘traffic study’ from my vantage point on Pleasant Street.  I chose a Wednesday morning because the last two ‘official’ McMahon studies were taken on Wednesdays.  Overall, some good news and some learning is needed.

Good News: The apples-to-apples comparison shows some reduction in volume from last fall.

                   8:00 – 8:30 Eastbound on Pleasant Street        8:00 – 8:30 Westbound on Pleasant Street       
Dec 2016                       4                                                                                15     
Oct 2018                      38                                                                                14     
April 2019                     22                                                                                11     

Learning Needed:

  • 13 of the 22 (60%) cars that travelled Eastbound did so by making a prohibited right turn from Washington St.
  • 6 of the 22 vehicles did not stop or slow down at the intersection of Pleasant and Mechanic.  Others did a slow roll.
  • 1 of the 11 Westbound vehicles blew through the Pleasant / Mechanic stop sign.

Generally traffic seemed to be travelling at a reasonable speed during my observation period.  A passing jogger observed, "the signs seem to be working and I’m happy about that."

 

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Comments (2)

Police enforcement might help educate...

- Mary Greendale | 4/25/19 8:19 PM

Need much LARGER signs on Washington St.. Sign can be missed easily.

- Bob graham | 4/25/19 7:35 PM

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