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Traffic Safety Planning

A past study by consultants Fay, Spofford and Thorndike estimated that by 2015, 19,000  vehicles per day will pass through Stow’s business district.  With an average speed found to be 39 mph in 2005, traffic safety planning along the corridor is a high priority.  In response to these and other  studies by the Lower Village Committee and former traffic design consultants, the Planning Board contracted Coler and Colantonio to prepare a conceptual plan of traffic improvements along Route 117 in Stow’s Lower Village.

Notable traffic safety upgrades in the conceptual plan include making the experimental traffic islands in Lower Village permanent, functioning not only as traffic calming features, but pedestrian refuges as well.  The plan also shows the recommended addition of carefully positioned turning lanes at several points to ease the flow of traffic and provide for safer turning.  Take a look at the concept plan below and let us know how different elements of the plan might affect your experience in Lower Village.  Feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of the page.

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