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Talk of improving Natick interchange

Posted by Katrina Ballard  August 23, 2010 08:50 AM

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State and town officials met last week to talk about the redesign of the busy interchange at Route 9 and Route 27, which is the most accident-prone location in town.

Officials presented several options for improving the interchange, including partial and half-cloverleaf road configurations and differing lane designs. State officials believe a half-cloverleaf with auxiliary lanes is the best design option, according to Natick’s community development director, Patrick Reffett.

The proposed design would increase pedestrian and bicycle safety, reduce accidents, improve storm-water management, and make it easier for drivers to shift between the two busy arteries, according to the consultants who did the study.

Reffett said the town and state are making refinements to the plan, and looking at ways to incorporate suggestions and concerns raised by local residents.

According to the redesign report, the interchange now has poor sidewalk conditions, no bike accommodations, weaving and queuing issues, and spillback onto Route 9. There were 242 accidents from 2006 to 2008, with an average of 81 per year.

Reffett said another public hearing will be held later this year to discuss the design, and solicit additional public comments.

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