News Release: July 22, 2020
Fitchburg DPW Announces Completion of Franklin Road Safety Improvements
Last week DPW completed the Safe Routes to School and intersection safety improvements along the Franklin Road corridor from Reingold Elementary School to the Oak Hill Road intersection. (see pictures below) This project was a collaboration with the Fitchburg School Department, Fitchburg Police, MassDOT Safe Routes to School, and the Montachusett Regional Planning Commission (MRPC).
The project improved the pedestrian walking route by adding 7 ADA ramps, 14 school zone signs, 3 stop signs, 5 crosswalks and stop bars along Franklin Road. Additionally, through the generous donation from Fitchburg State College, 2 flashing pedestrian crossing signs were installed at the Oak Hill Road intersection.
Safety improvements were also made to the intersection of Oak Hill Road and Franklin Road. This intersection ranks #123 in MassDOT’s top 200 crash locations in the Commonwealth with 13 injury crashes and 8 property damage crashes in a 3-year period. In close coordination with FPD and the Cleghorn House of Pizza, DPW redefined the intersection by building sidewalks along the southwestern corner and installing two flashing stop signs for northbound traffic. Double stop signs were also installed on the southbound approach and as previously mentioned two flashing pedestrian signs were installed on the western approach. As an additional benefit, DPW rebuilt two catch basins and installed a small rain-garden to aid in stormwater infiltration and add aesthetic value to the intersection.
Overall, the intersection is now better defined and more visible to vehicular traffic which will hopefully reduce the number of vehicles running the stop sign and decrease the resulting side-impact crashes. DPW and FPD will continue to work with the abutting property owners to remove fences and shrubbery to increase sight-lines distances at the intersection. The sidewalks connecting the newly installed ADA ramps are still in need of reconstruction and DPW is tentatively scheduling them for construction in the summer of 2021 as a separate project.
Thank you all for participating and contributing to improving Fitchburg’s walkability.
Nicolas H. Bosonetto, P.E.
Commissioner of Public Works
301 Broad Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Oak Hill Rd Intersection Photo #1
Oak Hill Rd Intersection Photo #2