Framingham Traffic Regulations Haven’t Been Updated in 34 Years; Commission Looking To Spend $26,000 in Its Budget

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By Ashlyn Kelly

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FRAMINGHAM – The rules and orders of the regulations for the City of Framingham have not been updated in 34 years, said Chair of the Framingham Traffic Commission’s regulation subcommittee Brinsley Fuller.

The Framingham Traffic Commission heard an update from the regulations subcommittee and their budget during the Commission’s January meeting.

The first goal in updating the City of Framingham’s traffic rules and regulations was creating an all-encompassing document, according to Fuller. 

To do so, the subcommittee had “to find what kind of document we want, what other towns and cities have, and what works,” said Fuller.

The document they decided on came from Waltham, according to Fuller.

“​​They have a very comprehensive yet easy to read and it flows very well and it’s easy to understand and I believe they update it every two or three years and that would be our goal,” said subcommittee chair Fuller about Waltham’s rules.

Fuller said the subcommittee wants to have the document put together by midyear 2022.

“If we can to have at least some sort of template and … certainly by the fall be able to have the whole permission in some format ready to give it to the current administration,” he added.

Framingham Traffic Commission Chair William Sedewitz, who is also the acting DPW Director for the City of Framingham, said the Commission has $26,000 left in their budget for Fiscal Year 22. 

“I think there’s a number of things that we can consider,” he added. 

Proposed projects include traffic calming on Winch Street and Edmunds Road, advancing bike accommodations on Potter Road and Brook Street, pavement markings on Grand Street, and improvements on the intersection at Edgell Road and Frost Street, according to Sedewitz. 

There is also some traffic calming funding for the Department of Public Works, he said.

“I always try to work collaboratively with the Commission and the Department on getting consensus and where we move forward. So those are at least some locations that are on my radar screen, but I open it up to the public and other Commission members as to ideas,” Sedewitz added. 

The money will be available until June 30, 2022, he said.

“Hopefully we can be closer to a sort of a firm recommendation on where we want to allocate some funds soon so we can get those projects in the works,” said Sedewitz.

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

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