Coburnville-Tripoli ward seeks funding to address traffic issues – Framingham SOURCE

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By Ashlyn Kelly

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FRAMINGHAM – Coburnville-Tripoli Neighborhood Association President Andrea Adrian requested an update from the Framingham Traffic Commission on Tuesday, January 25 on a request for funding to alleviate traffic problems in the south-west ward. west of Framingham.

Adrian, in a letter to the Commission, requested an update on state funding of the Carriage Bond Bill. She also asked the Framingham Traffic Commission to add a speed back sign at a few places in the neighborhood.

The city’s traffic commission has been awarded $400,000 for a downtown traffic study as part of the transportation bond bill, which was signed into law by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. on January 15, 2021.

Adrian said the Association “hopes” some of the money will be allocated to their neighborhood, “especially in the areas we requested – Nipmuc [Road]winthrop [Street]Cedar Street and Fay Road.

Traffic commission chairman William Sedewitz said he was aware of the funding, but “for [his] knowledge, this money is not yet available for us to use.

Sedewitz, who serves as acting director of public works for the town of Framingham, said he would follow up with Mayor Charlie Sisitsky and his team later in the week to find out how to move the process forward to receive the fund, Sedewitz said.

Framingham District 8 Councilor John Stefanini, who is also secretary of the Coburnville-Tripoli Neighborhood Association, said that in order for funds to flow to the city, “there must be a plan submitted by the municipality to the administration”.

Stefanini said the Traffic Commission will have to work with the mayor to explain why the funds should be released.

According to Sedewitz, there are now two counters in the neighborhood – one on Cedar Street and one on Fay Road. The City’s portable speed feedback sign has also been installed on Cedar Street and will remain in place for a few weeks.

Coburnville-Tripoli neighborhood association board member Susan Petroni said: “The key issue is not just traffic and speeding. [but] the question of about 150 to 175 children at the bus stop in Roosevelt [Park]because people from other neighborhoods don’t realize it’s a bus stop and a very, very active bus stop.

Basically, every school in town has a bus stop at or near the park, since the neighborhood doesn’t have a school.

Petroni, who has lived on Fay Road for more than 2 decades, said there has been an increase in traffic on the road since the rebuilding of Route 126 in Ashland. She said many motorists in Ashland, Holliston and Hopkinton use the neighborhood street as a cutoff to Route 135 and Winter Street.

Editor’s note: Susan Petroni is the editor of Framingham SOURCE.

Petroni and Fay Road resident Julia Palantine noted near-misses with children in the neighborhood, often near the park and the bus stop, which has no crosswalks.

The Traffic Commission voted unanimously to authorize Sedewitz and Department of Public Works (DPW) staff to authorize the mayor to submit to the governor the rationale for the transportation bond bill funds.

During the meeting, Sedewitz thanked DPW staff for installing the stop signs at Grant Street, saying “I hope this improves safety quite dramatically.”

“I think probably one of the most spectacular things this Commission has done was the four-way stop at Winthrop and Bethany. … We’ll see if Grant at Mansfield is as dramatic.

Petroni also thanked the Commission for the four-way stopover at Winthrop and Bethany in the Coburnville-Tripoli district.

She noted that he’s gone from 13 crashes a few years ago to just one major crash last year, which is just amazing.

The graph provided by the Framingham Police Department shows the evolution of collisions with the installation of the 4 way stop sign.

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Ashlyn Kelly is a Spring 2022 SOURCE intern. She is a communication arts major with minors in political science and journalism at Framingham State University. When she’s not writing an article, you can usually find her in a theater.

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