Do you want Kelley's Corner to be Slower or Faster?

Hi everyone!

It seems intuitive that we'd want Kelley's Corner to be speedier, right?

But let's be careful with this.

Hundreds of people, including students, older people, people with disabilities cross at that intersection every day.

Far more regional traffic goes through the intersection, than local traffic.

The current design increases the curb-to-curb distance, increasing the time it takes to get across the street. Disability rights activists and parents worry that this decreases the safety of walkers. What do YOU think? To see the current 25% design, click here: http://www.actonforum.com/sites/default/files/Kelleys_Corner_25_percent.png

So now the question...

...do we want to decrease safety for our locals? just to speed traffic, mainly for state/regional economic development?

Do we want to sacrifice safety for people to get through Acton faster?

We're going to have to make some choices...

Currently, the town's 25% design sent to the state adds turning lanes for "speed" (which we could fix, by the way, by fixing the lights, right now...). These added turning lanes increase the curb-to-curb distance for pedestrians. And require the destruction of the old trees. AND will seriously negatively impact the local, small business there, Bueno y Sano. More info (official and my personal take): http://terraforacton.com/Kelley_s_Corner.html

However, you feel, please take this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5C9D2ZJ

And if you feel like I do, please consider signing on to this letter: https://docs.google.com/document/d/11w0ZJeTmTu5JGlTTWscdwACPwb7mckwDyhY6tYIsqkM/edit

As background please note that before Town Hall became so committed to working with the Stop & Shop developer (for the KMart 154 luxury condo plan), there was no new added turning lanes and no additional lights.

EXTRA BONUS QUESTION: Do we want fixing the current lights to be held hostage? so that we can only get the lights fixed if we add three more lights? and expand the road?

I think no. FIX IT NOW!

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Green Acton’s letter on Kelley’s Corner

Here is the letter from the Green Acton Board of Directors to the state about the Kelley's Corner Infrastructure Project.[Disclosure... Terra is on the Green Acton Board of Directors.]

http://greenacton.org/2018/06/07/may-2018-green-acton-statement-on-kelleys-corner-infrastructure-project/

Allen Nitschelm has lived in Acton since 1998 and writes about fiscal issues at the
local and state level. He is a former member of the town's Finance Committee
and is an Associate Publisher of Acton Forum.

Disambiguation Post

This comment was from David Foley who requested that we post it for him.

“The proposed changes to Kelly's Corner are to improve throughput and reduce the time taken by vehicles to clear the intersection and adjacent roads. The goal is to make them more efficient to pass through. This does not imply increasing vehicle speeds - nor would it!

While the author has expressed valid concerns about the impact to area businesses, the rational is incorrect. As simple an observation such as speed limit changes, or lack thereof, would confirm this.

I think a good/better addition to this topic would be the inherent hazards of encouraging more traffic, the 4 wheeled, 2 wheeled and pedestrian sort, through an intersection already at capacity. This would appear to be the folly around increased development of Kelly's Corner and encouraging bike travel through such an area (as the City of Cambridge's own documented results can demonstrate).

Now, how about getting West Acton's town center to thrive! One new development doesn't reverse the decay or address the loss of businesses in the traditional properties. Kelly's Corner doesn't have a problem being developed on it's own or getting Commonwealth attention for issues such as traffic management.”

Allen Nitschelm has lived in Acton since 1998 and writes about fiscal issues at the
local and state level. He is a former member of the town's Finance Committee
and is an Associate Publisher of Acton Forum.

Let's at least decrease the speed limit, right?

I am posting this reply on behalf of Terra.

Thanks, David...

If the curb-to-curb distance is increased, regardless of whether we call the change in traffic to be be "improved throughput" or "increased speed", the distance for pedestrians to cross is longer...and thus they are at more risk, because they are...in the car lanes. But I won't try to convince you. I believe the people have to decide if they want longer crossing distances or not.


West Acton is another matter. Already the traffic, although the mall developer promised that the traffic and parking would be less, because of "the improvements", they are not. Ask the West Acton businesses that are not part of the mall. It's hell trying to juggle employee parking with customer parking especially now.

Allen Nitschelm has lived in Acton since 1998 and writes about fiscal issues at the
local and state level. He is a former member of the town's Finance Committee
and is an Associate Publisher of Acton Forum.