Hudson grapples with traffic concerns as industrial park grows
And that means more traffic.
This week, town selectmen decided to eliminate two of the park’s stop signs and install a new one at the intersection of Hampshire and Wentworth drives as part of the effort to reroute traffic from the already congested Lowell Road.
Amherst resident Karen Tuthill, who owns a business at 17 Friars Drive, said the lack of a stop sign at the end of that street became a problem last week after a couple of close calls with speeding motorists.
Board Chairman Roger Coutu echoed Tuthill’s concerns, noting that he’s visited the park at various times of the day to get a grasp on the traffic situation.
“The streets had been neglected for a long time, but beautification has begun and some of the buildings are starting to sell. There’s been a lot of interest,” he said. “But traffic flow is a critical concern. We want to get people in and out of that park as safely as we can.”
“I thought that was pretty excessive,” he said.
Vice Chairman Ben Nadeau said he’s asked the town’s highway department to install speed strips in the park. Local police were tasked with traffic enforcement.
The board is working closely with the town’s traffic safety committee to further address the issue. More discussions are planned in the coming month.