TYNGSBORO -- Town officials are working to redesign an intersection at Westford and Dunstable roads, known as Flint's Corner, for traffic-flow and safety improvements
Selectmen approved a contract for $8,100 with Vanasse and Associates Inc., this year after holding a public hearing in February. Design and construction will cost $30,000 in all, according to Town Administrator Michael Gilleberto. The project will be funded by Chapter 90 money approved at Town Meeting.
The conceptual design for the intersection calls for the restriping of Westford Road on the westbound side, along with traffic-signal modifications to allow traffic headed toward Westford access to a dedicated left turn lane onto Dunstable Road. Currently, Gilleberto explained, there is only a right-turn lane at the intersection, but construction would allow for a dedicated left-turn lane with an arrow, as well as a combined straight and right-turn lane.
"We expect the project to go out for construction bid in the late spring or early summer, and for construction to be complete by the end of the construction season this fall," he said.
Flint's Corner was evaluated by an "intersection safety and operations assessment." According to information provided by Vanasse and Associates, the intersection was found to accommodate about 17,685 vehicles on an average weekday, with about 1,566 vehicles per hour on weekday mornings and 1,833 on weekday evenings. Average speed traveled by drivers on the road was found to be about six miles over the posted speed limit of 35 mph on Westford Road. According the state Department of Transportation, there were 22 accidents there from 2007 to 2011, the majority of which were rear-end collisions and 20 of which occurred during the daytime.
Gilleberto added the town is considering a similar study for the "four corners" intersection at Lakeview Avenue and Coburn Road. Recommendations are expected to come forward on that in the spring.
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