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Overhead Vehicle Detection Warning System
Regional Cooperation Including: Mass DOT (District 2 Office)/City of Northampton and University of Massachusetts (RTIC-Regional Traveler Info. Center)

NORTHAMPTON, MA
Damon Road = 13,000 vehicles/day

Traffic Counts (2009) Interstate 91 Project

PVPC REPORT (2005)
1. NEW SIGNAGE

2. LASER WARNING SYSTEM

HISTORY (PART 1): NPD TRACTOR TRAILER INCIDENTS
This is the summary for the tractor trailer (TT) incidents involving the Main Street Bridge in Northampton, MA. Many thanks to the Northampton Police Department (NPD) for providing the accident reports and police assistance calls that are summarized below. Information does not include the incidents where the NPD responded to a call but the TT unit had left the scene. There were also at least 2-3 incidents per year where the NPD provided escort to a specific destination for a TT unit that was lost in the Montview Neighborhood.
BRIDGE STRIKES YEAR EASTBOUND (Leaving Downtown) ----------------4 (PVPC REPORT) WESTBOUND (Entering Downtown) ----------------5 (PVPC REPORT) NPD ASSISTED DUE TO LOW CLEARANCE EASTBOUND (Leaving Downtown) 8 16 12 17 53 WESTBOUND (Entering Downtown) 7 8 5 9 29

2002 2003 2004 2005 TOTAL

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 TOTAL

0 0 1 3 4 5 13

2 3 1 0 1 0 7

15 10 6 8 12 6 57

9 10 8 8 3 8 46

MEETINGS WITH STAKEHOLDERS: NPD/NEIGHBORHOOD/COCA-COLA/CITY (EXAMPLE: 9/23/2011)

POTENTIAL LOCATIONS
OVERHEAD VEHICLE DETECTION WARNING SYSTEM PRIORITY 1 2 3 4 SECONDARY 5 6 TERTIARY 7 8 9 LOCATION EXIT 19 PLEASANT ST PLEASANT ST KING ST BRIDGE (EAST SIDE) MAIN ST RT. 9 BRIDGE BRIDGE ST HAWLEY ST BRIDGE (WEST SIDE) TP#‐LASER POST 7 8 ‐‐‐‐‐ 9 POST 4 3 ‐‐‐‐‐ TP#‐SIGN POST 5 6 16 10 POST 3 2 31‐1

FUNDING IS AVAILABLE FOR INSTALLING A LASER & SIGN SYSTEM IN 3-4 LOCATIONS.
(STILL “FINE TUNING” DETAILS) FINE-TUNING

LOCATION 1: EXIT 19

KING ST

KING ST

MAIN/KING/PLEASANT INTERSECTION

PLEASANT ST

MAIN ST

LASER DETECTION EQUIPMENT (2012 installation)

SIGNAGE AND WIG-WAG LIGHTS (2012 installation)

HEIGHT RESTRICTION
11’0” BRIDGE

11 0

NO LEFT TURN

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