I have suggested an idea at a planning board public meeting in the past, and every time I drive on Route 9 during the day, I wonder if this idea was implemented would resolve a good portion of the traffic crisis (on Route 9).
The idea is to have a cement barrier down the center of the entire highway, and at the main intersections (such as Prospect Street, Pine/James, Cross Street), have U-turn signals with extended lanes, and time for many cars to be able to make a U turn. Simply put, the idea is that without any left turns, traffic can flow much smoother. As far as emergency vehicles, maybe there is an option for some breaks in the barrier for emergency vehicles only.
In regards to state approval, I was told by a representative from Masser Consulting that the state actually wants a cement barrier and it is actually the town that declined it.
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