3Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Selectmen have throwntheir support behind an effort
to get a trafc signal installed
near the intersection of Route3 and Route 3A.Town Planner ThomasBroadrick met with the boardMonday night to update se-lectmen on a plan by the stateto revamp the intersection’soff and on ramps, widely
considered to be a trafc haz
-ard. The project has been onMassHighway’s radar for anumber of years, but the pro-posed expansion of the IslandCreek housing development just down the road may pushthe project up the state’s list of priorities, according to Broad-rick and representatives fromIsland Creek’s developer.The process is long and
lled with paper work. Dux
-bury (and neighboring Kings-ton) would eventually want theintersection to appear on thestate’s TIP, or TransportationImprovement Project, list.Before that, Broadricksaid, the Board of Selectmenneeds to sign off on a propo-nents project letter informa-tion form, which will then bebrought to the attention of statetransportation agencies.“You can always yankthings off the list but it takes alot to put them on,” he said.Broadrick said the goalwould be to get the project inline for a round of transporta-tion funding in 2013-15.“It would make sense toat least get this on the list,” hesaid. He said that in his time asa planner he has seen projectstake up to 10 years to movefrom being placed on the TIPlist to groundbreaking.
Jeff Dirk, a trafc engi
-neers with the Island Creekteam, told selectmen the in-
stallation of trafc signals is
separate from his project, say-
ing that the additional trafc
from the development won’t
signicantly add to the already
messy interchange.“The crash rate at those in-tersections is already twice thestate average,” he said.At prior Zoning Board of Appeals hearings Dirk andothers have suggested the Is-land Creek project may helpspeed up the process of gettingthe state to install signals.“It really does give you juice,” said Island Creek con-sultant Ed Marchant.Board of Selectmen Chair-woman Betsy Sullivan saidsignals at at the Exit 10 off ramps are “long overdue.”“We’ve had people diethere,” she said. “A monthdoesn’t go by that we don’thave an accident there.”In other business:
• The board tabled discus
-sion of a recent opinion, issuedby Town Counsel Robert Troy,stating that the board’s votenot to ratify Town ManagerRichard MacDonald’s deci-sion not to renew the contractof Police Chief Mark DeLucahad no legal standing. Select-men Christopher Donato andSullivan decided to wait untilthe Aug. 17 meeting so thatJon Witten, who was not in at-tendance Monday night, couldparticipate in the discussion.
• MacDonald informed the
board that he has appointed acrematory building commit-tee, consisting of cemeterytrustees, a citizen at large, thecemetery commissioner, theDPW director and the buildinginspector, to study how to bestuse $80,000 appropriated atTown Meeting for a new cre-matory facility.
• The board learned that a
grant would be used to studythe possibility of building awind turbine on several town-owned sites, including thehigh school, the Alden andChandler schools, the middleschool, town hall, transferstation, DPW facility and theNorth Hill Golf Course.
• The board learned, from
MacDonald, that the US Post-
al Service is facing a nancial
crisis and is studying the pos-sibility of closing the Snug
Harbor post ofce. MacDon
-ald stressed that the facility
had not been ofcially rec
-comended for closing, mere-ly that the Postal Service is
studying 3,200 ofces across
the country.“I know the postal ser-vice is having some severe
nancial problems,” he said.
“I will be following this up, Iwill be keeping everybody in-formed.”
Selectmen support trafficsignals for exit 10 ramps
Formerly Waynes Seafood Market • Public Parking across the stre
315 Court Street (Rt. 3A across from Ernie’s) Plymouth
Engineers from both Island Creek North and the town say the off rampsat Exit 10 are traffic nightmares, and that Duxbury would benefit froma traffic signal on Tremont Street. An engineer for the deeloper saidthe project might get Duxbury placed on a project list faster.