Sudbury Residents Asked to Pay $700K Toward Plan to Rebuild Town Center
Board of Selectmen approve the plan that will help with traffic flow.
The malfunctioning of the Town Center lights couldn't have come at a more ironic time, but Public Works Department Director Bill Place said it had nothing to do with the overall plans to reconstruct the area.
Place, along with Planning and Community Development Director Jody Kablack and Police Chief Richard Glavin, reviewed plans that will help the traffic flow in the congested part of town during Tuesday's Board of Selectmen meeting.
Place said the area has more concerns than just the lights, including:
- accident rates
- and alternate routes.
"We have three times the state average in accidents (in that area)," Place said.
But it was agreed the most pressing issue today is the lights. On Feb. 14, Sudbury officers worked the traffic detail until technicians got them working again. But Place said it is only a temporary fix.
"We do not know how to fix the control," Place said, adding that it will be about two weeks before the fix is permanent and that the cost for the temporary fix is $10,000. "I'm hoping to have an estimate to fix them (soon)."
Among the other changes for the intersection is an expansion of Concord Road by 12 feet, which will help larger vehicles make safer left-hand turns.
"What's the cost and how will we pay for it?" Selectman John Drobinski asked.
Kablack said the estimated cost is $1.8 million and that residents will be asked to shoulder approximately $700,000 of the cost, with the remaining funds coming from the Town's allocation of Chapter 90 State Roadway Funds ($1 million) and Community Preservation Act funds ($100,000).
"I think this is well overdue," Glavin said.
The Board unanimously endorsed the plans for Annual Town Meeting.
Engineered plans of the intersection can be viewed here: Sudbury Center Intersection Plan - Engineered