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If You Designed the Route 128 Project, What Would You Have Done Differently?

All of the major portions of the Route 128 reconstruction project are in use, so which portions are working and which portions would you have designed differently?

The , which has installed new ramps, traffic lights and made safety improvements at exits 22 and 23, .

The . There's been a lot of discussion and feedback about how it has worked out.

Most of us are not professional traffic engineers, but as drivers we all have our own opinion about what we think works and what does not.

So tell us, now that you have seen the Route 128 project in action, what would you have done differently?

Sean Ward August 14, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Take away the "no right on red" sign at the bottom of the southbound offramp. The view of the oncoming trafic is perfectly clear and there is no reason to sit at a red light here with nothing coming. Lose the traffic cameras. Law abiding citizens don't like being watched. Put a right turn lane at the Rt. 62 end of State Rd so people who are turning right onto 62 don't get stuck waiting for people turning left. Put a little cutover loop at the bottom of the southbound ramp for people looking to go onto State Rd. For people going to Burley St. the loss of the ramp on to State Rd. has added 4 - 5 minutes to the commute.
Sean Ward August 16, 2012 at 01:16 PM
And take down The Great Wall of Danvers, this isn't NYC.
Ellen T August 19, 2012 at 01:47 PM
I live in Orchard Farms. I would have thought that after all this time and money, we would have at least received a light with a green arrow to turn left. It is so dangerous, we literally have to cross oncoming traffic to get home! The wall is horrible. We didn't ask for it and now it has become a fodder for graffiti that we have to look at. This has turned our lovely neighborhood into a ghetto!
Green Arrow August 21, 2012 at 07:04 PM
We also used to live in this neighborhood but recently moved. Traffic and this project were the number one reason that we moved out of Danvers entirely. In order to get into our neighborhood (to get on the street that formerly led to the onramp for 128N), we literally had to risk our lives, as another commentor mentioned. The simple solution would've been to put a green arrow here. Hope everyone stays safe!
Pat August 21, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I saw the graffiti, it does look "ghetto" but it was just a matter of time before this happened to one of these walls. They might be OK for behind the homes on 128, but next to the Medical Building and lining the ramps….makes Danvers look slummy. I feel bad for homeowners in that area, hopefully enough "noise" can get something done for you.

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