Crosswalk to Horn Pond

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This presentation was presented to the Winchester Board of Selectmen at a meeting on September 8, 2009 in support of a crosswalk across Pond Street (at Chesterford Road) to the 500 acre Horn Pond Recreational area. The Crosswalk was subsequently installed later that fall.

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Crosswalk to Horn Pond

  1. 1. The Case for a Crosswalk across Pond Street at the Woburn Parkway<br />Prepared for:<br />The Winchester Board of Selectmen<br />September 8, 2009<br />with input from Winchester Residents<br />
  2. 2. 500+ acre Horn Pond Conservation Area is a major <br />attraction/attribute for Winchester residents<br />
  3. 3. Winchester’s only access point lacks a crosswalk<br />Three existing crosswalks to Horn<br />Pond in Woburn; Closest is 0.4 miles<br />from Woburn Parkway (Winchester ‘s <br />only direct access to Horn Pond)<br />Closest crosswalk<br />is 3/10 mile away!<br />Proposed crosswalk across <br />Pond Street at Chesterford to<br />Woburn Parkway access to <br />Horn Pond Recreational area<br />Existing crosswalk at Cambridge <br />Street (Route 3) is 0.3 miles<br />from Woburn Parkway<br />
  4. 4. Lots of people cross at Woburn Parkway access<br />
  5. 5. But cars don’t stop for children, bikes, strollers, etc.<br />
  6. 6. Traffic moves fast and crosses the yellow line <br />
  7. 7. Residents agree <br />that a crosswalk is needed at the<br />Woburn Parkway<br />access to the Horn <br />Pond area<br />
  8. 8. Why now?<br />In three weeks the town will install granite curbs and new sidewalks along Pond Street.<br />The new crosswalk will require an ADA approved handicap ramp.<br />We should not waste town resources installing a curb that will be removed later for the ramp.<br />Three-way stops and other traffic calming measures can be deliberated, but the crosswalk and ramp need to be expedited.<br />
  9. 9. Pre-construction Meeting Outcomes<br />Woburn Parkway is a popular recreational path.<br />Traffic Advisory Committee will evaluate the traffic calming suggestions, including the Chesterford intersection.<br />A crosswalk would be an effective traffic calming measure and would accommodate existing pedestrian traffic to the Woburn Parkway.<br />Only concern is whether there is sufficient sight distance to allow for a safe crossing.<br />Source: September 3, 2009 Memo to Board of Selectmen from Town Manager <br />Mel Kleckner regarding Pond Street Sidewalk Project/Traffic Calming<br />
  10. 10. There is 900 feet of sight distance looking north<br />Proposed crosswalk location <br />visible from Brantwood Road <br />(Lynch School entrance)<br />Line of sight is 900 feet. Utility<br />pole is past Brantwood Road <br />(Lynch School entrance)<br />Nearest crosswalk in this direction is<br />0.4 miles, at Horn Pond Recreation area<br />in Woburn; Next crosswalk is another 100 ft.<br />
  11. 11. And over 400 feet of sight distance looking south<br />Line of sight from proposed crosswalk<br /> looking south towards Cambridge Street<br />(Route 3) is over 400 feet.<br />Line of sight looking towards <br />proposed crosswalk is over<br />400 feet<br />Nearest crosswalk in this direction is<br />0.3 miles, at Cambridge Street (Route 3).<br />
  12. 12. And, national standards exist for warning of upcoming crosswalks/stops<br />Winchester, MA<br />Belmont, MA<br />
  13. 13. Thank You!<br />Contact: Tom Hopcroft, 99 Pond Street, tom@masstlc.org or 617-513-1010<br />

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