Duxbury Planning Director Valerie Massard has the support of the Kingston Board of Selectmen to pursue funding for a traffic signal at Exit 10 off Route 3 in Duxbury, which would directly impact Kingston.
KINGSTON – Duxbury Planning Director Valerie Massard has the support of the Kingston Board of Selectmen to pursue funding for a traffic signal at Exit 10 off Route 3 in Duxbury, which would directly impact Kingston.
As Massard explained to selectmen Tuesday night, Duxbury has qualified for Gov. Charlie Baker’s new Housing Choice Initiative program because of all the new housing that has been approved in the neighboring town over the last five years.
“It’s on your doorstep at Exit 10,” she said. “There are two fairly large developments that have recently built out, and we’re noticing there’s a lot more response calls, a lot more pedestrians.”
When originally permitted through Chapter 40B affordable housing law, she said, there was discussion about a signal when turning right and left to get on and off the exit ramps.
She said the developer designed the signalization, and it’s been accepted to the state’s Transportation Improvement Plan at the 25 percent design phase. With the new Housing Choice program, she said, Duxbury can apply for capital funding for public safety related to housing growth.
She said Duxbury has identified the intersection as one of the most dangerous intersections in the town. She said a road safety audit has been conducted with representatives from both towns and the state Department of Transportation and Old Colony Planning Council.
Selectman Sandy MacFarlane said it’s a project that’s absolutely needed and supports applying to the program. The deadline for applying was July 2.
Selectmen Chairman Elaine Fiore said she likes the collaboration between Duxbury and Kingston and welcomes having Kingston’s town planner, Rob Downey, in on the discussions.
While MacFarlane and Fiore agreed that Kingston is fortunate that two of its three highway exits that could see improvement – also counting the town’s plans to pursue Mass Works funding for Exit 8 at Smiths Lane as part of Kingston Collection’s hotel and housing project – not everyone was so excited.
Main Street resident Susan Sherman said she’s opposed to focusing on Exit 8 and Smiths Lane when she considers traffic in the breakdown lane at Exit 9 to be more dangerous. She said that’s the exit that needs to be addressed to avoid accidents on the off-ramp.
“I don’t think Exit 8 is as egregious as Exit 9 is right now,” she said.
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