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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Framingham officials try to calm road rumors

FRAMINGHAM

There are no plans to transform Edgell Road from Sudbury to Route 9 into a north-south superhighway.

None. Never considered. Not gonna happen.

That's the word from Framingham town officials trying to quell rumors of a secret plan to widen the three-and-a-half mile largely residential stretch on the north side of town. In a letter posted on the frambors community e-mail discussion list today, Town Manager Julian Suso said there are no detailed plans for the future of Edgell Road.

The heavily traveled roadway with several hazardous intersections has been pushed to the top of the town's transportation improvement plan, which raises its profile for state and federal highway money. But any work remains a ways off, he and other officials have said.

The letter was addressed to Christine Long, the chairwoman of the Standing Committee on Public Works and a candidate for the Board of Selectmen.

Despite town officials' comments, a community meeting on the issue remains scheduled for 7 p.m. March 5 at the Hemenway School, 729 Water St.

Read more about the Edgell Road issue, including how much Public Works Director Peter Sellers says reconstruction of the roadway would cost, in tomorrow's Globe West.

-- John C. Drake

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