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Is Oak Hill Road Safe?

Two major accidents in the past week on this key Nabnasset road pose questions about its safety.


For those who may have missed it, there was a serious car accident on Oak Hill Road near the last night, and another serious accident near , near the corner of Oak Hill Road and Route 40.

While it's a key roadway in Nabnasset and a vital link between the center of town and all points north, with these two accidents in such rapid succession, today we ask if you think the road is safe.

Should there be a different speed limit on Oak Hill Road? Maybe more signs? Or are these accidents isolated incidents? What about asking state legislators to change Mass. Department of Transportation policies on the ?

These are the questions everyone is asking this morning, and today we want to hear your thoughts in the comments section.

Amy R. September 01, 2012 at 01:28 AM
I've often thought a light should be put up there but due to the fact that you can see for quite some distance both ways on Rte. 40 before exiting Oak Hill it may be more prudent to put a light up at an intersection where you can't see around corners like the intersection of Town Farm/Abbott and Firge Village. I don't think the people coming down Forge Village from the Center realize the speed limit is only 30. That intersection now heavy with students going to school is like taking your life in your hands. Maybe the Town can do some tree/shrub maintenance down there or maybe the police can have an Officer sit there as a visible deterrent.
Tom September 01, 2012 at 10:40 AM
Ever since I moved into Nab, I've wanted to ask someone: what is the deal with the white line on Rt. 40? That is *not* where one stops to make a left turn (at least not that I've ever observed driving in the rest of the country). Is it law that we have to stop there in Westford? If so, why? If not, what is the line doing there? It seems that having a non-standard intersection design can't help matters.
Kendra Kilsdonk September 01, 2012 at 12:27 PM
You actually can't often see well coming off of Oak Hill onto 40. I make a right off Oak Hill onto 40 to get to work every morning. Most days, I cannot see to the left, to watch for cars heading east, because someone is in an SUV next to me, wanting to make a left and they inch up and inch up so that they block my view of the eastbound traffic. So, I can't make my right until they make their left. They can see the traffic going both ways just fine, so I'm not sure why they have to inch up past my car. I'm patient enough, so I wait them out, but I can really see someone being frustrated, making the right without visibility of the eastbound traffic and BAM. Wonder if that's ever happened.
Kendra Kilsdonk September 01, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Oh, and the problem we'd have with a light at Oak Hill/40 is that it would increase the traffic on the, already dangerous (due to how narrow it is), Forrest St (and maybe even Lake Shore Drive North). People coming from Westford, wanting to go west on 40 would, naturally, use Forrest to avoid the light. And, people coming from the Groton area, wanting to head into Westford would use Forrest the other way. People already speed down Forrest St, avoiding that intersection. I wait for a school bus on Forrest in the morning and some of the driving is terrifying, given that the road narrows to the point where you can just barely fit two cars, even when there is no snow, trees right into the road. Do you put a "No through traffic at rush hours" sign, like you see in other towns? Don't know how they enforce that. It's just not a good situation. Maybe it would help to move the retail entrance away from the intersection, but I don't know how you'd do that.
Bev September 03, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Northern Middlesex Council of Governments also studied this intersection and determined that it has a high crash rate and it is on the region's high crash list. This intersection met state and federal warrants for installing a traffic signal. There was another very serious accident about four years ago which left a neighborhood resident with permanent head injuries.


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