Dangerous Route 114A Intersection to be Modified
Department of Public works comes in under budget on paving roads in 2010, prepares to submit 2011 paving budget. Major intersection near the Old Grist Mill Tavern will receive major makeover.
The Department of Public Works (DPW) asked for $600,000 from the town last year to repave roads in need of repair. They came in more than $10,000 under budget and finished all the streets on their list.
"We did most of Brown [Avenue]," said DPW superintendent Bob Lamoureux. "We did Read Street all the way to the Rehoboth line, which was good. We've also done a lot of patching on Newman Ave."
Lamouruex's DPW paved major portions of five roads in town this year and also repaired town driveways and walkways all over town. Most of the work done on actual roads was "reclamation paving," according to Lamoureux, a process by which the old concrete is ground up and reused as fresh concrete to cover the same road.
For its 2011 paving program, the DPW will ask the town for roughly the same amount (just shy of $600,000) and has a series of new road projects to undertake with that money.
"Metropolitan Park Ave, Roosevelt Street, places like that," said Lamoureux. "We have some new spots to deal with."
The DPW's 2011 plan currently includes eight major street projects and the usual about town maintenance and patching. The other streets being paved are Ricard, Cleveland, Bergeron, Wilson, Chainey and Bryan streets.
But another major project for the DPW will be the redesign of the intersection of 114A and Arcade Avenue.
"We've submitted plans to the [Massachusetts] DOT," said Lamoureux of the new intersection plans.
According to Lamoureux, the junction was named a top 20 most dangerous intersection in the state. The planning to fix the major traffic issue at this intersection is in its early stages, but there are plans on paper.
Although the plans are subject to change, the current idea is to eliminate the island in the middle of the major intersection and to make it a traditional traffic light. This plan would create dedicated left and right lanes exiting Arcade Avenue where it would come to a "T" with Fall River Avenue.
Fall River Avenue would have dedicated left and straight lanes going south and dedicated straight and right lanes going north. Mill Road is under some discussion. It may become a one-way street heading away from Arcade Avenue or it may remain two-way with a "no left turn" sign.