Sadly, the road design we got is not about the greatest good for the most people or the greatest safety, but politics. Letters, plus votes on our ballot question will change the politics in favor of the majority needing more mobility and more safety. Its important to mail letters to MassDOT saying you oppose the 3 lane plan presented.
Whatever else you write matters less, as public comments have had no impact on the project design when they oppose what Selectmen, bicyclists, and the Planning Department want. A count is taken of people/groups for and against, so please write. Letters are counted, not co-signers, so each person should send their own. MassDOT and the town counted the majority of businesses opposing the plan on a letter as one, and seems to have counted, if at all, 3,100 petition signatures against as one, so each person should send a letter. USPS needs the money.
Mail your letter to MassDOT, stating right at the beginning that you oppose the 3-lane plan for Mass Ave and want a 4-lane plan that makes improvements. Some improvements over the current road you might want to request include a left turn lane at Lake Street, lane painting, pedestrian activated high visibility crossing signals at Grafton/Orvis, and elsewhere, better lighting, widening and extending where Lake meets Mass Ave to reduce back ups and cut through, moving the bus stops now at Lake and Winter slightly to reduce accidents, and more than just 100 feet of raised median.
Don’t let Selectmen tell us what we can and can’t have for the town’s main artery. Write MassDOT that you don’t like the lane loss and what you do want. I have a suggested start to a letter below. Then vote YES on April 6 for preserving 4 lanes on Mass Ave! Thanks!
Letters must be received by Tuesday (March 12). Letters need your name and address to count. If you fear retribution, state so and remain anonymous.
Thomas F. Broderick, P.E., Chief Engineer
MassDOT – Highway Division
10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116-3973
Attn: Project Management, File: 604687
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I am writing in response to the Public Hearing held in Arlington on Febuary 26, 2012 on the Mass Ave Project. I oppose the 3-lane plan, losing a travel lane and mobility, for very little justification. I want to see a 4 lane plan that actually improves the main road our town relies on.
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