Selectmen To Hear About Dangerous Intersection

The town planner on Wednesday will present to selectmen a traffic study on the Monument, Burrill and Humphrey intersection.


Back in March, Metropolitan Planning Organization workers spent eight hours tracking traffic at the troublesome intersection at Monument Avenue, Burrill Street and Humphrey Street.

They counted cars, clocked wait times and documented the directions vehicles turned at peak traffic hours — 7 to 9 am and 4 to 6 pm.

On Wednesday, Town Planner Pete Kane will present selectmen the field workers' report on this traffic study.

It comes with suggested short-term and longterm solutions to problems, he said.

Solutions range from low-cost efforts such as striping and signage to expensive resolutions including new configurations and traffic lights.  

Selectmen will likely forward the report to the town Traffic Study Committee for further study and any recommendations.

The town received the MPO report in August. The field work and research was funded by a technical assistance grant, valued at about $4,000, that the town planner applied for and received last winter.

The Monument/Burrill/Humphrey intersection is the most accident prone intersection in town, including accidents where motorists hit pedestrians and cyclists and accidents involving multiple motor vehicles.

There have been approximately two dozen accidents at this intersection over the past seven years, Swampscott police Lt. Thomas Stephens said in a Patch report last year.

“The design of the intersection of these three streets is very bad, especially for the number of vehicles that use those roads,” said Stephens. 

Wednesday's selectmen's meeting starts at 7:15 p.m. in their chambers at Town Hall.

Restless October 02, 2012 at 11:46 AM
I go the long way round to avoid having to turn left onto Humphrey from Monument. It is a nightmare.
mary webster October 02, 2012 at 11:48 AM
The most accident prone intersection in town? I read the police report and don't recall that intersection standing out. I agree that it is not an easy intersection to maneuver but I wiuld prefer that beautiful view not be disrupted by traffic lights. Making your way on and off that intersection is part of the charm of being a Swampscott resident, may sound silly but others have said the same or agreed.
David Arsenault October 02, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Drive through boston for a while and this would be a piece of cake.
Alex October 02, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Dangerous? How about the Vinnin Square: plenty of lights, nothing excessively complicated and plenty of accidents even when traffic is not really heavy. "Solutions" involving lights not always work in Massachusetts: too many drivers consider the red light as a mere recommendation. :-):
A+ Schools October 03, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Part of this issue should be a discussion with our local elected officialsl about the ridiculous light at Lynn Shore Dr. and Nahant Street in Lynn. And Mary, you are right...it is a silly comment.


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