The North Main Street Traffic Study presented the layout of their observations and assessments at the Selectmen’s meeting on Monday, August 26.
“This is one more step in a multi step process that predates my time on the board,” Selectmen Jennifer Wilson said. “Through a variety of initiatives, there were a number of different pieces, intersections and parts of the streets involved. As things began to culminate, it became clear that a study was needed that would include all of these various pieces.”
The study committee provided recommendations to improve mobility for all users: Pedestrians, bikers, and drivers alike. The corridor would create a two-lane road with parking on both sides with 25-30 speed limits.
“Many signal equipment in town is outdated,” Doug Prentiss of the Traffic Study said. “Fifty-four to sixty-two travelers head southbound during the peak morning commute hours and fifty-five to sixty-five percent travel north in the evening.”
The committee proposed that the town bump out the sidewalk at 955 Main Street, creating less of a space for pedestrians to cross. The option at 1021 Main Street would involve creating a timed crosswalk with a curb extension. At the intersection of Main Street, Skillings Road and Lake Street, the group recommended a one-way margin coupled with new parking spaces and user friendly pass ways for pedestrians and a better pathway for drivers.
There are three alternative ideas, which the committee is assessing and analyzing. The town will consider these plans as more information comes out. Winchester Patch will have the detailed illustrations of these plans once they are released,
Using the comments section below, tell us how you would improve traffic in town.