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  1. #1
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    May 2015

    Default Tell us about your commute on Route 20!

    Do you commute on Route 20 -- or drive it frequently?

    Do you commute on Route 20 -- or drive it frequently? Please send us an email describing your typical morning as you pass the former site of Mahoney's Garden Center. The developer's traffic study claimed the "average speed" is 27 to 28 mph during the peak of the morning commute !! How about you? Send your email to:

    We are going to submit our own study of traffic speed at the ZBA hearing on 29 November, and it would be great if we can include a bunch of comments from people in the area.


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  2. #2
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    Nov 2005


    Mark, are they still talking about a light at Rich Valley? My big concern is that as it is it can be difficult to get out of Plain Rd onto Route 20. There's a light in Weston that creates occasional gaps that make it easier to get out. But if we also had a light in Wayland at Rich Valley (where it is not needed anywhere near as badly as it at Plain), I fear unless timed perfectly with the light in Weston, we would find getting out of Plain to become impossible. If a light is needed, it is at Plain. This would be supported by data on where accidents occur as well.

    See for example:

    "The intersection of Old Connecticut Path and Boston Post Road (Route 20) at the border of Wayland and Weston is one of the HSIP intersections in town and saw 50 crashes from 2011-13"

  3. #3
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    May 2015


    Dear Kim: No -- the volume of cross traffic from Rich Valley and the Monster apartment complex would not justify a light under MassDOT rules. Similar to the Plain Road / Old Connecticut Path intersection on Route 20, however, they plan to put the main exit / entrance for the Monster directly opposite Rich Valley Road. This means that cars will be trying to get on and off Route 20 from both sides, with no light. It is tough enough to pull onto Route 20 eastbound in the morning from Rich Valley, and this would make it even more dangerous -- for both sides and drivers on Route 20.


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