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Plans for troublesome intersection in Natick

Posted by Leslie Anderson  June 21, 2010 08:30 AM

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You don’t have to tell rush-hour commuters waiting to pass through Route 9’s intersection with Oak Street that the arrangement needs a redesign. On Wednesday, residents can get a look at plans to revamp the trouble spot during a 7 p.m. meeting in
Town Hall.

Patrick Reffett, Natick’s community development director, said the intersection is one of the three worst in town, and one of the worst in the state as well. Between the weaving and merging required to navigate the interchange and the difference in vehicle speeds, frequent accidents are the norm.

Reffett said US Representative Edward Markey had $1.4 million earmarked for the project years ago, and the town will secure grants to cover the rest of the approximate $4 million total cost. Natick has been working with engineers on the redesign, and Reffett said the state would like to begin construction next spring.

In addition, the signals at the Overbrook Drive-Route 9 intersection in Wellesley will be timed to correspond with Oak Street’s, further benefiting traffic flow, Reffett said.

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