It's not easy to get from one side of Westford to the other on foot. But one group came before the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday night noting some of the places in town where pedestrians face safety concerns as well.
The Selectmen unanimously approved assessments in a map from the Pedestrian Safety Committee, a group they appointed to address improving pedestrian safety in town.
While Selectman Val Wormell asked the committee to take a further look at Forge Village and the Graniteville area near the ballfields, she and her fellow Selectmen in attendance thanked members of the committee and generally seemed to agree on their assessment that the most dangerous places in town for folks on foot are near the Robinson and Nabnasset Schools, in front of Kimball Farm, from Cornerstone Square to Lan Drive, and from Nashoba Tech to Tadmuck Road.
Areas of concern also included
- Oak Hill Road
- Boston Road from Blake Hill Road to Crown Road
- Carlisle Road from Minot's Corner to Lyberty Way
- Littleton Road from Lan Drive to Powers Road
- Depot Street and the Part of Plain Road near Stony Brook Acres
- Main Street from Graniteville Road to Flagg Road/Forge Village Road (the Flagg/Forge Village/Main intersection will undergo changes this summer)
- West Prescott Street from the VFW Fields to Spinner's
- Groton Road in front of the Stony Brook School.
Today we want to ask you if you agree with the Pedestrian Safety Committee's assessments, and whether you do or you don't, what needs to be done to make Westford a safer place for non-motorists getting from Point A to Point B.
Also, if more sidewalks are the answer, what was your take on the agenda item just after the map where the Selectmen supported a sidewalk proposal on Robinson Road that aimed to create a compromise between putting a sidewalk as close to the street as possible, which could cause problems for snow removal, and meandering away from the street in areas that could reduce property values for residents and necessitate eminent domain.
We've attached the map as well as the proposals for Robinson Road.
Tell us your thoughts in the comments section.