Thursday, February 18, 2010

TRAFFIC: Left turns at Pearl and McGrath

Question/Comment:  A resident would like to know if something can be done regarding left turns into the gas station at Pearl and McGrath Highway.  The resident would like a "no left turn to gas station" sign posted, because left turning traffic creates gridlock at this already congested intersection. Moreover, the resident says vehicles drive up a short distance and then attempt a u-turn, using driveways and even the sidewalk, which has been going on for quite some time and is dangerous at this intersection.

City Update 2/19/10: Upon review of the intersection, the Traffic and Parking department has determined that a no let turn sign should not be installed at this intersection.  However, the City's Senior Traffic Engineer has informed the Somerville Police Department of this complaint and they will be monitoring the intersection more closely to ensure that dangerous drivers are cited for traffic law violations.

City Update 2/18/10:  The City's Senior Traffic Engineer has been informed of this concern.  Further assessment is needed before any action can be taken to modify this intersection and it is being reviewed by the Traffic and Parking Department.

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