FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10/09/23
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City Implements Temporary Traffic Calming Measures on Salem End Road To Curtail Speeders
FRAMINGHAM – In response to speeding and safety concerns, the City of Framingham’s Department of Public Works and the Framingham Traffic Commission have instituted temporary traffic calming measures on Salem End Road.
First, an all-way stop has been installed at the Salem End Road and Singletary Lane intersection, said City of Framingham Chief Engineer William Sedewitz.
Second, a temporary traffic diverter island on Salem End Road East of the Salem End/Badger/Gates intersection has been installed, said Sedewitz.
The temporary measures were installed today, October 9, 2023.
“If successful, we’ll work to make these changes permanent, likely the Salem End Road stop signs this fall and one or more diverter islands next year,” said Sedewitz.
Speeding and safety concerns for the section of Salem End Road between Temple Street and Badger Road were brought to the Traffic Commission by one of District 6 City Councilor Phil Ottaviani’s constituents, explained Sedewitz.
The Traffic Commission discussed these concerns on several occasions, most recently at its September 26th meeting, said Sedwitz, who also serves on the Traffic Commission.
The Commission, after discussing alternatives including speed feedback signs and speed humps, decided to implement two measures on a trial basis, said Sedewitz.
The first was to add stop signs on Salem End Road at the eastbound and westbound approaches to Singletary Lane. There is already an existing stop sign on the Singletary Lane northbound approach to Salem End Road, explained Sedewitz.
As this is a change to the city’s traffic regulations, it requires the approval of the Traffic Commission. The Commission voted to adopt this measure on a temporary basis (less than 30 days), explained Sedewitz.
This short-term action does not require City Council approval.
If this measure appears successful, the Commission will vote to make this change permanent at its October 24th meeting and send it to the City Council for their consideration as required by the City Charter, explained Sedewitz.
The second measure discussed was the installation of a temporary traffic diverter island east of Badger Road.
This type of change is not covered by the city’s traffic regulations and therefore does not require the Commission’s approval, explained Sedewitz.
While their approval is not required, this proposed temporary measure was discussed and no Commission member expressed opposition. This temporary measure will be removed prior to the winter, explained Sedewitz.
If the temporary measure proves successful in reducing speeding, consideration will be given over the winter to the installation of one or more permanent island(s) next construction season, said the City engineer.