Selectmen will hold a Sept. 13 hearing on plans for traffic improvements in East Milton Square
MILTON – A public hearing is set for Sept. 13 to discuss traffic improvements in East Milton Square.
Town Administrator Michael Dennehy said he and Selectmen Chairman David Burnes and other town officials met Friday with representatives of consultant Howard Stein Hudson, which is working on the design of traffic improvements.
The town is working on a plan for the square and the surrounding area which would reduce traffic congestion and improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. Among the improvements are new traffic signals that would be linked to each other and respond to traffic demand.
There is $2.2 million in federal funds available for the improvements, but a 2019 deadline for submitting the plans.
Dennehy said the consultant has agreed to do three weeks of traffic counts in the area, to see how it has changed in the last few years since the last set of traffic counts were taken.
Burnes said that during the meeting “we learned a great deal of what can be done down there.”
At a meeting with the board on June 22, Mark Gravallese of Howard Stein Hudson told selectmen that reopening a stretch of Adams Street over the Southeast Expressway, which has been closed for the past five years, would delay roadway improvements, since it would require the redesign of traffic signals.
The meeting will be held at the council on aging building on Walnut Street.
Dennehy also told selectmen at their Monday night meeting that he is reviewing bids for the purchase of five radar speed monitors. He said the devices would be placed at locations around town at the recommendation of Police Chief John King and the town’s traffic committee.
The board also voted to accept a donation of $20,000 from the Copeland Family Foundation to the police department’s DARE Camp. The one-week camp is attended by about 120…