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Fix Coming for Town's Most Dangerous Intersection

The state recently approved funding for construction of a traffic light at the intersection of Middlesex Ave., Glen Road and Wildwood Street.

After several years of planning and multiple years of inactivity, the state is preparing to get back to work on fixing the most dangerous intersection in Wilmington.

Following a Senate vote last week, $820,000 will now be made available for safety improvements at the intersection of Glen Road, Middlesex Ave. and Wildwood Street.

As part of a deal with the state, Wilmington agreed several years ago to fund the design of the new intersection while the state pays for the construction. However, after initial movement on the project, the process had remained at a stand still.

Preliminary engineering began on the project in 2007 as the town introduced multiple plans, including a roundabout proposal. Following discussion, the town opted against the roundabout and settled on a traffic light that aims to cut down on the number of crashes that happen in the area.

“The design has been sitting with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation for some time, and that’s been frustrating,” said Superintendent of Public Works Don Onusseit. “They have a lot of big projects, but now we’ve finally got movement and we’re happy about that. I’m hoping we can get this to construction next spring.”

If the project is started by spring as Onusseit hopes, the superintendent said it would likely be completed by this time next year.

Before construction can begin, however, the state must hold a public hearing to discuss its plans. A tentative date has been set for September 24 during the regularly scheduled Board of Selectmen meeting.

“The intersection of Glen Road and Middlesex Avenue is one of the most challenging and heavily traversed confluence of roadways in Wilmington, and one that town leaders have consistently identified as a priority,” said Massachusetts Senator Bruce Tarr.

Onusseit said the intersection is not only the most dangerous in Wilmington, but it also made the state’s list of dangerous intersections when data was compiled several years ago.

“We’re not looking forward to adding another traffic signal in town,” said Onusseit. “But this is a high hazard intersection and it really needs to be completed.”

CHERYL July 31, 2012 at 12:26 PM
THANK YOU! I travel this intersection daily and though it might mean I sit for a couple minutes waiting on my light, it will be worth not dodging traffic. I feel like I play 'chicken' every time I am at that intersection!
webmom July 31, 2012 at 12:56 PM
And please coordinate the signal with the Concord St signal so it won't result in traffic. I do appreciate lights, but sometimes the signals don't coordinate well with other close-by signals and it causes a traffic nightmare.
Melissa Erickson July 31, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Hope nobody will appeal this!
J.R. July 31, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Finally!
Joan Griffin Le Blanc July 31, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Phew! It is much needed~My dog and I walk there a lot, not to mention driving through that intersection everyday
Marion Bradford July 31, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Well it's about flippin time.....
Steve McMahan July 31, 2012 at 03:05 PM
This is a good thing. It will be interesting to see how the Wildwood Street traffic interfaces with the Glen Road traffic. Id also like to see those lights be flashing during low traffic hours.
Steve McMahan July 31, 2012 at 03:18 PM
I mean on the overnights.
Patch-n-Batch July 31, 2012 at 05:14 PM
McMahan, nobody cares what Lowell residents think. Keep your mind focused on avoiding the regular buck shot that comes your way, and let the big boys do the talking about important things!
Joe m July 31, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Every parent with new teenage drivers thanks you!! Thats a battlefield!!!
Steve McMahan July 31, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Settle down Batch Batch.
PavalK July 31, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Unless this is done right it will ony create more gridlock. I travel this road daily the state will also have to take into consideration morning highschool traffic, wildwood street traffic as well asl traffic from the day care, If all thats adressed is placing a light to help traffic out from Glen Road this will be an epic fail!!!!
suzyderkins August 01, 2012 at 01:20 AM
I agree. I just see this creating more hassles, really. If people were considerate of others, it wouldn't be an issue. Another area I'll have to avoid in the future.

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