Select Board Hears A Lot About Truck Traffic
Approximately 120 people Zoomed in or dialed in to the Select Board’s Public Forum regarding Lowland Industrial Park traffic. The meeting convened precisely at 7:00 pm, Tuesday August 25th, with Select Board Chair John Cronin outlining the format and ground rules for the session. He asked that all participants be civil and respectful and that the Board was, “here to hear,” and that notes would be taken during the meeting to capture citizen input.
Cronin reminded participants that several items are located on a special webpage that provide background information on this topic -> https://www.townofholliston.us/home/news/lowland-industrial-park-traffic-public-forum-tuesday-august-25
Members of the Planning Board, the Town Planner, Fire Chief Cassidy, Police Chief Stone were among the many people tuned in to the discussion.
Mr. Cronin introduced State Representative Carolyn Dykema and invited her to share some thoughts. She said that she was pleased to have been invited and that she, herself has noticed the increase in truck traffic in town. Dykema introduced Mr. Joe Frawley with MassDOT who would listening along with Rep. Dykema to capture information and ideas from the assembled group.
Select Board Vice-chair Tina Hein reminded citizens that there is a Traffic Advisory Committee webpage on the Town website where citizens can submit traffic-related requests / inquiries. Below is the mission of the Committee. Hein also mentioned that the Holliston Public Schools embrace the principle of active transportation to school using public thoroughfares and the Rail Trail. Holliston participates in the State-sponsored Safe Routes to School program that has already yielded some improvements to pedestrian safety near the Woodland St. school complex.
After these opening comments, the public was invited to share their points of view on the topic of traffic. Each of the participants who commented were civil in tone and generally respectful of time so that many could speak. One citizen shared graphs and pictures to make her point – a science guy I once knew would say, “In God we Trust; all others bring data” – and she did.
We heard from residents and citizens from neighboring towns. Some residents were long-time residents, others recent transplants. Most of the Hollistonians lived on Bullard, Fiske, Regal, Norland, Woodland, Lowland, and Central Streets. A Sherborn resident asked about how Holliston plans to deal with the expanding Adessa complex in Framingham. A Medway resident was concerned about the traffic impact of the proposed warehouse at 555 Hopping Brook Road. Clearly increasing truck traffic is a regional issue.
Residents spoke about: (some common themes)
- Increased volume of truck traffic
- Weight of the trucks
- Traffic starts early and stops late – 6 days a week.
- Noise – Jake Brakes are loud; Diesel engines roar
- Increased volume of students on roads rather than riding school busses
- More pedestrians out for a break from quarantine
- Streets are narrow and curvy with no sidewalks
Several residents expressed frustration that this problem has persisted so long – 3 generations in one Woodland St household. Others shared that they moved to Holliston for its charm and they just want ‘to enjoy our property.”
An interesting point was made, Lowland Industrial Park is the only industrial park in town with multiple points of access making enforcement that much more challenging.
The Town Administrator has received written input from several neighborhoods and that information will added to that collected last night. A goal seemed to emerge for the next steps; effective enforcement of manageable traffic signage that allows businesses in the industrial zone to prosper.
The Select Board is committed to improving the safety and traffic flow that has been a long-standing issue for Hollistonians
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