Road issues brought before Board of Selectmen
Shrewsbury – A petition to turn a Shrewsbury street into a oneway road was brought before the town’s Board of Selectmen Jan. 24.
Several residents of Clews Street and Holt Street are petitioning to have Clews changed from two-way to one-way because they say the existing set-up is dangerous due to its location between routes 20 and 140. The street has been the site of several accidents because drivers often use Clews Street as an on-ramp and off- ramp between the major routes. A fatal accident occurred in the area in November 2010.
The selectmen were not enthusiastic about the one-way proposal. Chair Moira Miller noted the change might set a dangerous precedent.
“If a neighborhood is looking to solve what they see as a problem, it may open up a whole host of issues and other problems that they haven’t thought of,” Miller said.
Selectman John Lebeaux cited concerns about how traffic would flow if the travel direction were to change, as well as issues with plowing during the winter months.
“I have some serious concerns about taking this kind of action,” Lebeaux said.
The board referred the issue to local highway and engineering officials to work with residents and examine the matter further before making any decisions.
In related news, the selectmen voted to not place a stop sign on Wiltshire Drive, saying that they thought the request was unnecessary. A request for a parking ban on Plainfield Avenue was also reviewed by the board and, like the Clews Street issue, was referred to other departments for review before a decision could be made.
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