Marquis Hopes To See Route 128 Improvements Before School's Start
The $21 million project, funded by Mass Department of Transportation, is currently ahead of schedule.
Town Manager Wayne Marquis said once the Route 128 interchanges are paved and the lines are painted, he expects to see a significant difference in traffic flow.
"There is confusion right now," he said. "The street needs to be paved and then they come in and put the lines in. That's certainly contributing to the problem."
Marquis said he views the opening of school as an important milestone, and hopes Mass DOT implements the changes before then.
Students go back to school on Wednesday, Sept. 5.
"From my perspective, having the lines painted and roads paved before school opens would be very desirable," he said. "We don't want parents and school buses contributing to the problem."
According to a poll in early June, 90 percent of voters said the Route 128 traffic is worse off than it was before the project began.
Marquis said while he has heard some complaints about the project, not all responses have been negative. "A woman who lives on Liberty Street called to say tell me that this project has been a godsend," he said.
"Our interest is in working with the state to make sure the flow of traffic is appropriate and reasonable," he said.
The $21 million project funded by Mass DOT is currently ahead of schedule.