Bedford Village Inn owner decries planned traffic turning change at Olde Bedford Way
Carnevale said he owns most of Olde Bedford Way, except for one property, and noted there was no crowd of concerned citizens in the audience.
Carnevale said about 10 years ago he applied for building permits to expand his inn and had to meet several contingencies. Now, at the nearby Bedford Hills, he said, developers seem to be given full rein to build a 400-unit apartment complex, a Dunkin’ Donuts, a liquor store, a restaurant and a bank — all adding traffic to an already busy intersection. Most of the councilors and Town Manager Jessie Levine said they were unaware of what transpired 10 years ago and that it has no bearing on the present situation.
After about 20 minutes of testimony from Carnevale and two residents who said a no-left turns ordinance should be imposed on Bedford Center Road instead, the council agreed to table the matter for 90 days until Carnevale and the highway safety committee find alternatives.
At the beginning of the meeting, Bedford Police Chief John Bryfonski spoke in support of the restriction, saying 35 accidents have occurred from January 2007 to July 2013 in the corridor that runs from Constitution Drive to Colonial Drive. Accidents, he said, have resulted from left turns from Bedford Center Road and not from Olde Bedford Way.
“The perspective of the committee is that this is a preventative measure to reduce potential problems with traffic at that intersection,” he said. “Most of the collisions are rear end due to congestion on 101, or cars jockeying for position as they merge from two lanes into one.”
Carnevale said he would like to see traffic counts from and to the Bedford Village Inn and other data supporting the need for this ordinance.
Exiting Bedford Village Shoppes, for example, he makes a left-hand turn crossing two lanes of traffic, he said.
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