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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Seeing the light in Westborough

WESTBOROUGH

A Peabody company’s proposal to add a traffic light and re-open a median on Rte. 9 - closed after a serious accident two years ago - has received unanimous approval from the Westborough Board of Selectmen.

The Richmond Company filed plans to construct a $20 million development called Turnpike Crossing with the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Office (MEPA) in January. The development would include a 140,000 square foot Home Depot and 50,000 square feet of office space at 170 Turnpike Road. The land is currently leased by the Westborough Rotary Club to operate a golf driving range that funds their philanthropic efforts.

As part of that proposal, a traffic light would be installed at the development’s entrance – near where Bertucci’s restaurant now stands - just west of the Rte. 9 and Lyman Street intersection, which would also be upgraded.

The median was open, allowing turns in either direction, until a serious accident on New Year’s Eve. 2004. There was no light installed at the time. The selectmen have sent a letter of support to Mass Highway, which would have to approve the re-opening of the median and the installation of the traffic light.

-- Jennifer Rosinski

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