Although it is too early to know the specific details, we do know that once again someone has died going about their life crossing the road.
I live near the intersection and I walk or run through it quite regularly. I always feel a sense of trepidation when crossing there in any direction. The intersection is very wide, requiring a lengthy crossing. There is traffic movement from so many directions it is daunting. Even when the walk lights are on, traffic is turning right on
red from Route 9 to Prospect and vice versa. Further, there is a green light for vehicular traffic coming out of the small office buildings on the south side of the
intersection when the walk light is on.
The City must request immediate assistance from the State to improve the safety of this intersection.
A major redesign will not happen overnight.
I am not a traffic engineer but there seems to be things we can do right away to help protect our residents. They include:
Eliminate the right on red option when the walk lights are on.
Eliminate the green light during the walk cycle
Increase the length of the walk cycle by a few seconds
Improve the street lighting
Strict enforcement of illegal vehicular and pedestrian movements
This is just a start, but a few things we can do for little cost in the short term that will make a difference.
I intend to bring this issue forward at our City Council meeting on Tuesday to assure that the City and State work together to immediately improve the safety of this
intersection, which has seen way too much tragedy.
Framingham City Councilor At-Large