Archive for June, 2015

CVS on Route 1 Meeting #lynnfield #traffic

June 29, 2015

The team proposing a new CVS Pharmacy on the Bridgwell property at the corner of Route 1 North and Route 129 (Salem St) Lynnfield invites you to attend a neighborhood meeting:

Tuesday, June 30th, 7:00 PM
Holiday Inn Peabody, 1 Newbury St.

An update on the project will be provided following questions from the neighbors.

Thank you,
Wally

Advertisements

June 24th Walnut Street/Salem Street Traffic meeting summary

June 28, 2015

Wally,

I want to let everyone know that thanks to Lieutenant Pivero of The Massachusetts State Police, the MSP Truck Team will be coming back to Walnut St. I will advise of the results when they are able to conduct truck enforcement. Thank you for continuing to work with us at The Lynnfield Police Department and the selectmen’s office to continue our efforts to mitigate traffic problems on our streets.
Respectfully,
Chief Breen

June 24th Walnut Street/Salem Street Traffic meeting summary

June 28, 2015

With 51 residents in attendance from throughout the town, there was a three discussion of the traffic issues in the area.

For the very first time all three Selectmen publicly acknowledge the need for a full time traffic officer and unanimously agreed to bring the necessary warrant to the October Town Meeting. This is hard won progress. Traffic studies indicate that traffic will only get worse as Market Street gets completed and there is little if anything that we can do. The traffic volume will be what it is and tweaks to the lights and intersections will only have minimal impact.

But we can insist upon adequate and more than adequate traffic safety by a full time traffic officer. The Chief wants it and we need it.

Now we must do three things.

  1. make sure that this warrant doesn’t get sidetracked and gets passed in October
  2. insist that new officer spend enough time on the really dangerous areas (trucks for instance).
  3. insist that the Market Street footprint never gets any bigger with the further negative traffic impacts that would bring. We have made progress but it’s not over yet

Chief Breen made the following points:

  1. # of citations has risen from 565to 1,031 in the past two years
  2. Traffic will continue to have deleterious effects Currently we split fines with state, if we had town bylaws we could keep revenues. this would be useful for trucks on Walnut Street and blocking of intersection of Walnut and Salem
  3. Town should look at "traffic basket" at Walnut / Salem intersection. Similar to NYC

Traffic levels at peak times on Walnut Street /Salem streets at C, E and F, not the C level promised by original VHB study.

MADOT to study Protected left turn out of market street. this may result in drop in service level, but there is a safety concern

Gianna drive needs an engineering study to see if there are ways to increase safety

Lynnfield DPW to have lines painted for left hand turn into market street

Lynnfield and Wakefield resident spoke of traffic on Salem street. Need for enforcement and exit42 currently taking overflow of trucks

Main St resident spoke of additional Tractor trailer traffic now through town.

Thank you,
Wally

Reminder – Traffiic hearing tonight (Wed) at 7:00 PM at Merritt Center at MarketStreet #lynnfield

June 24, 2015

Reminder – please attend and ask your questions.

Selectmen announced a hearing on the completed traffic study. Please circulate and attend.

The Board of Selectmen will hold a meeting on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in the Al Merritt Media and Cultural Center, 600 Market Street. The meeting will be a discussion of the recommendations and traffic study commissioned by the Town regarding traffic issues in the Walnut Street area and performed by BETA, Inc. an engineering firm.

Members of the Board, representatives of the Department of Public Works, Lynnfield Police Department, the Massachusetts Highway Department, and BETA, Inc. will be in attendance. All residents are welcome to attend.

The study is posted to the Town’s website, at http://www.town.lynnfield.ma.us/pages/LynnfieldMA_BOS/BETA%20traffic%20report.pdf

Thank you,
Wally

Reminder – Traffiic hearing tonight (Wed) at 7:00 PM at Merrit Center at MarketStreet #lynnfield

June 24, 2015

Reminder – please attend and ask your questions.

Selectmen announced a hearing on the completed traffic study. Please circulate and attend. More in the coming weeks.

The Board of Selectmen will hold a meeting on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in the Al Merritt Media and Cultural Center, 600 Market Street. The meeting will be a discussion of the recommendations and traffic study commissioned by the Town regarding traffic issues in the Walnut Street area and performed by BETA, Inc. an engineering firm.

Members of the Board, representatives of the Department of Public Works, Lynnfield Police Department, the Massachusetts Highway Department, and BETA, Inc. will be in attendance. All residents are welcome to attend.

The study is posted to the Town’s website, at http://www.town.lynnfield.ma.us/pages/LynnfieldMA_BOS/BETA%20traffic%20report.pdf

Thank you,
Wally

Reminder: Market Street, Salem and Walnut Street Traffic hearing Wed June 24th 7:00 PM Merritt Center #lynnfield

June 21, 2015

Selectmen announced a hearing on the completed traffic study. Please circulate and attend. More in the coming weeks.

The Board of Selectmen will hold a meeting on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in the Al Merritt Media and Cultural Center, 600 Market Street. The meeting will be a discussion of the recommendations and traffic study commissioned by the Town regarding traffic issues in the Walnut Street area and performed by BETA, Inc. an engineering firm.

Members of the Board, representatives of the Department of Public Works, Lynnfield Police Department, the Massachusetts Highway Department, and BETA, Inc. will be in attendance. All residents are welcome to attend.

The study is posted to the Town’s website, at http://www.town.lynnfield.ma.us/pages/LynnfieldMA_BOS/BETA%20traffic%20report.pdf

Thank you,
Wally

Traffic Study comments from Joe Yurkus

June 13, 2015

Hello All,

I am pleased the BETA traffic study confirmed what we all knew to be true about the traffic on and around Walnut Street. It is just a shame Lynnfield spent that money to get suggestions (highlighted) residents have been suggesting all along. The upside to the cost of the study is the documented suggestions on paper and we can hopefully look forward to improvements being made. I would like to see the updated vehicle accident data for that area. We suggested and have been told there would be more police enforcement at the intersection of Walnut and and MassDot was going to help to secure a spot (curb cut) for the police to satellite that area but to date that has not happened. I was pleased to see that police enforcement is recommended at that intersection, it will not only to keep the intersection clear but detour trucks from using Walnut. As we all know by living here and the results of the study 1% or 8 trucks an hour travel Walnut Street south. No mention of how many travel north? The trucks roll through at all hours of the day and night. Enforcement has been seen on Walnut Street but it is still not enough to prevent or even reduce the number of trucks using Walnut. What ever happened to the traffic officer we were told was joining the force?

U Turnsalong Walnut Street

Install a raised median island. This would also prevent UTurns, and would not disrupt access/egress for residents. The estimatedconstruction cost would approximately $10,000, including signage and striping.The raised median island is recommended by BETA because it would be aneffective treatment that would provide a permanent solution.

WalnutStreet at Salem Street Intersection Blocking

Installation of “Do Not Block Intersection” signage on allapproaches is recommended. Police enforcement, however, is needed to ensurethat drivers adhere to the signage. Additional strategies to modify trafficsignal timing/phasing only exacerbated the condition

Walnut Street at Salem Street Southbound Merge

The intersection of Walnut Street and Salem Street providestwo southbound through lanes at the intersection which merge into one justthrough the intersection.

An existing “Right Lane Ends” sign is posted at the mergepoint, although no advanced signage exists north on Walnut Street. It isrecommended that the existing sign be moved further north on Walnut Street anda new diagrammatic W4-2 sign be installed where the existing sign is located.The existing pavement markings are striped typical to a lane drop location and nofurther striping is recommended at the intersection. In addition, the “RightLane Ends” language is deceiving because it is actually the left lane thatends. The correct language should be inserted.

Walnut Street Truck Exclusion South of Salem Street

There is existing truck exclusion along Walnut Street southof Salem Street. Turning movement counts showed approximately 1% of traffic or8 trucks per hour traveling southbound on Walnut Street where they areprohibited. (what about the number of illegal trucks traveling Northbound on Walnut?)These trucks originate mainly from the north on Walnut Street andtaking a left westbound from Salem Street, which are consistent with theMassDOT counts taken.< Does this mean MassDot was aware of the truck problem???

Existingsignage for the truck exclusion include several signs:

·Anadvanced sign just south of the Market Street intersection heading southboundon Walnut Street that reads “No Trucks Walnut Street South of Salem Street”

·A diagrammatic no truck sign with the wording “2 ½ Ton or Over” on WalnutStreet

at theintersection with Salem Street facing the southbound traffic on Walnut Street.

·A sign on the east bound Salem Street approach to Walnut Street, approximately

1,200 feetfrom the intersection.

·A sign on the westbound Salem Street approach to Walnut Street, approximately

800 feetfrom the intersection.

·A sign on the northbound off -ramp from I-95 NB to Walnut Street

Recommended improvements include:

·Replace theexisting sign just south of the Market Street intersection with a diagrammaticR5-2 sign with a supplemental “South of Salem Street” plaque.

· Add adiagrammatic R5-2 sign with a supplemental “South of Salem Street” plaque

sign on the southbound off -ramp from I-95 southbound.

· Adddiagrammatic R5-2 signs with a supplemental “South of Salem Street” plaque onboth the eastbound and westbound approaches of Salem Street at the intersectionof Walnut Street.

· It would alsobe beneficial to notify truck operators before they commit to a ramp that atruck exclusion exists. This, however, would require coordination with MassDOTto receive permission, to determine the locations, and to review the signdesign.

Joe Yurkus

Board of Selectmen Agenda 06/15/2015

June 13, 2015

BOARD OF SELECTMEN
AGENDA
Monday, June 15, 2015

Regular Meeting – 7:00 p.m. Selectmen’s Hearing Room, Town Hall

****NOTE*****
As a result of changes in the Open Meeting Law, the chair must announce at the outset of every meeting that the meeting is being recorded and transmitted via cable television.

7:00 p.m. Pledge of Allegiance

Interview: Cultural Council candidate Barbara White

Interview: Board of Health candidate Dr. Rocco Iocco

Interview: Conservation Commission alternate candidate Angelo Salamone

LIFE change to bylaws regarding minimum age requirement and minimum residency in Lynnfield requirement

Delegation to chief procurement officer to negotiate and award the contract for owner’s project manager of the library building project based on the recommendation of the Library Building Committee

Authorization to sell BANs (Borrowing in Anticipation of Notes)

Appointment of election workers

Appointment of assistant plumbing and gas inspector

Appointment of assistant wiring inspector

Reappointments of public officials

Summer meeting schedule

Use of Town facilities: Banner request, Jumin, Inc., June 15-29
Use of common, Lynnfield Athletic Assoc., road race, July 4
Use of common for private event, August 1
Use of common for private event, August 8

One-day liquor license: None

Minutes: May 18, 2015

Proclamations: None

Administrative matters: Signing of warrants

INFORMATIVE PLANNING BOARD MEETING

June 11, 2015

​Summary from Tom Terranove about the Planning Board meeting

I want to thank the all members of the Planning Board for last night’s meeting. Especially John Faria (co-chairman) for asking the Developer critical questions. The sole matter on the agenda was to discuss and make recommendations relative to Green Street (Lynnfield) and Corporate Place (Peabody) roadway access.
I had three comments regarding the situation:

1) The Video Billboard on the Site is a nuisance to the neighbors in the area whereby they cannot open there windows on a cool evening to enjoy the fresh air without the billboard flashing in their window.

2) The development of this Site is good news for the City of Peabody’s Real Estate Tax Income whilst our Lynnfield Neighbors receive the traffic and accompanying issues.

3) The entrance/exit to Holiday Inn should be expanded to allow all of the traffic to enter/exit the Site from that point, The Developer stated that entrance/exit was dangerous for which I responded by saying I was not aware of any accidents that had occurred at that location.

The City of Peabody is in the process of allowing the developer to convert Corporate Place (Peabody) to private property that would allow the creation of more than 150 new parking spots and the development of a new approximate 30,000 square foot building on the Peabody property. This is great for Peabody’s tax revenue, however Green Street in Lynnfield would have to service the traffic to and from the Peabody Office Buildings.

Tom Terranova

Thank you,
Wally

Planning board meeting tonight. See attchef

June 9, 2015

Thank you,
Wally

PLANNING BOARD MEETING TONIGHT.docx