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Posted on: April 21, 2021

Solicitation for Comments: Prohibition of left turns from South Street to Route 20 westbound

At its meeting on April 13, 2021, the Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to recommend the implementation of recommendations as presented in the Route 20 Master Plan dated December 2018 from Howard Stein Hudson. The Board is specifically seeking resident input for the recommendation as outlined in Figure 41, Preferred Concept Plan at Route 20/South Street/Green Street Intersection on Page 101. 


Figure 41, Preferred Concept Plan at Route 20 South Street Green Street Intersection on Page 101


There are existing safety issues at the eastern intersection of Route 20 and South Street. There have been crashes in this vicinity as documented by the Police Department. The feasibility of installing a new traffic signal at this intersection was investigated during the Route 20 Master Plan process. The signal warrant analysis found that an insufficient number of the MUTCD (Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices) signal warrants will be met even with the increase in traffic volumes anticipated from future development projects, therefore a traffic signal cannot be installed. Because of the wetlands located south of Route 20 between South Street and Green Street, it is not possible to build a connecting roadway between them. Without a new traffic signal or connection between the side streets, the best option for addressing the safety issues here is the prohibition of left turns from South Street to Route 20 westbound. 

Please submit written comments by email to selectmen@shrewsburyma.gov or by mail to 100 Maple Ave by noon on Thursday May 6, 2021. Please supply your address for correspondence. 

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