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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?

Ellen Whitehead August 11, 2012 at 02:22 PM
"Enter Here" signs need to be put at the entrances of both the N & S ramps off of routes 62, and 35. People are constantly missing the entering ramps, and try to reverse themselves causing more chaos. Also the lights at State Rd and 62 need better timing. I try to avoid this section now because it is ridiculous that only 3, or maybe 4 cars at the most, (depending on how fast they move) can get out onto rte 62 from State Rd. I realize that 62 is a busy Rd., however people using State Rd. to go to and from work should not have to wait through 2- 3 sets of lights to get on or off this Street. Sometimes even in the middle of the day when the traffic is not heavy on Rte 62, the traffic can back up on State Rd. to Dr. St. Pierre's office, and you can sit through 2 - 3 light changes. Timing of lights ?!?!! Come on, whoever is in charge of making these adjustments! Stop making things worse for those of us who live here.
Delia Santapaula Stanley August 11, 2012 at 02:38 PM
yup, you're in it but really the lane STILL continues straight and the right lane that is supposed to go straight only actually merges into the "left only" lane after the left turn. SO STUPID.
Delia Santapaula Stanley August 11, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I've waited for three minutes at the light getting off the highway onto 35. In the middle of the night when there is no traffic on 35, why doesn't the light turn green right when a car comes off the highway? I've had to run it a few times because I thought it was broken.
Pat August 11, 2012 at 02:57 PM
I think all it needed was a little wider road coming off State St onto Elliott with a MERGE sign, Maybe a set of lights at the same place for those making a left hand turn toward Beverly and those going Right onto 128, time the lights a little better and repave the road with better lines…..But definately NO left hand turns or trying to put 3 lanes into 2 and I would never have put that "Berlin" wall up!
Pat August 11, 2012 at 02:59 PM
oops….I meant LEFT going onto 128! Yes, we waited a few minutes before but we are waiting 10 times the amount now….and the frustration levels have risen 100% or more!
Doug August 11, 2012 at 03:01 PM
I thought it was the great wall of China!
ANDY COUSENS August 11, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I don't know how to improve the situation but I hope someone who that is an engineer,that could design an improvement, realizes the severe traffic problem at the intersection of Rt 128 and Rt 62. It is hard to believe that this is best that they could come up with after what I am sure was an exstensive and expensive study.It seems that traffic from 128 N to RT 62 west cannot possibly move during even the lightest of traffic.This intersection alone has added ten minutes to a ten minute commute from Locust St. to the Beverly Depot at 7 am.Help Please!!!!!!!!
nancy August 11, 2012 at 06:44 PM
if you are trying to go 128 North at the 62 interchange coming from Danvers you have to take a left - but they have not coordinated the lights so the people coming towards you from Beverly have a green light too - so they either are screaming by or all stopped because of the 2 other red lights further down that they have to stop for. so you take your life into your hands by either dodging that traffic to get on the ramp, or having to stop mid-traffic and wait a space to open up and beat through - absolutely no coordination of reds and greens. Engineers or not, whoever designed this debacle did not use their common sense.
Pat August 11, 2012 at 07:37 PM
I honestly believe there are too many sets of lights to properly coordinate them.
Voice of Reason August 11, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Drivers continue to move forward and block the intersection of 128 and 62 which creates the most problems of gridlock. Somehow they have to figure out a way to get cars stopped BEFORE they move into the intersection if there is not enough room for the vehicle moving forward. Perhaps paint the intersection a bright blue with white lines around the box and lots of signs saying NOT to move forward into the square unless or until there is room for their vehicle. Post a camera there to catch offenders.
Monica August 11, 2012 at 09:56 PM
I will try to keep this short. The only positive is that once you are on the ramp to merge onto 128 is waaaay easier. Other then that they should of left everything else alone. I have seen more accidents now then in the last ten years that we have lived on our street by 128. As I sit at the end of our road trying to pull out onto high st I just want to close my eyes as I see one near miss after another. I know part of it is people's stupidity and inpatients while driving but there are too many lights and too many lanes merging into one in an extremely short period of time.
elayne west August 11, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Somebody got struck there today. No Surprise.
Stephanie Johnson August 11, 2012 at 11:31 PM
I agree with dawn, you made things worst. The designer of this should be fined for the ridiculous mess he made
Stephanie Johnson August 11, 2012 at 11:37 PM
I'm with Monica
richard kee August 12, 2012 at 01:13 AM
And they are going to add Liberty St. To this mess! You would think there is enough proof of what not to do. This is crazy.
rich August 12, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Why not get rid of the light coming off the new dead end off of High St.?The old ramp street to get onto RT 128 North.Or put a sensor in for people pulling out of the street.Goes through a cycle when there are no cars coming out.This adds to the wait time and might help the traffic alittle.
Pat August 12, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Wouldn't you think one mess (Water St) should be completed before you start another (Liberty St) ???
Sally Smith August 12, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Does any of this feedback really matter ? I would like to know .
Monica August 12, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Very true Sally! I have made my complains known to the town and state and no one cares! I am sure it would be a different story if the town manager lived on our street and had to deal with this every time he left the house.
WARREN ANDERSON August 12, 2012 at 08:16 PM
1. Priority should be given to straight through traffic; Danvers to Beverly and Beverly to Danvers. 2. There should be no turns across approaching traffic to get onto 128. 3. There are too many lane changes in trying to get through. Very difficult at rush hours to be in the correct lane. 4. Signage is horrible. There is one coming from Beverly where the warning to stay left for left turn is hidden in a tree.
Brooke August 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM
For some reason at the intersection of Liberty and 62, there is only a left green arrow on one of thetraffic lights (the left going onto Liberty Street). There needs to be left green arrows on all other lights, especially the one on 62 where you used to take a left to get on 128 north. I am a resident in that neighborhood and you risk your life trying to take a left turn at that intersection.
Gail Bernard August 13, 2012 at 01:49 PM
I also live in that neighborhood and I completely agree. It's not safe to take a left onto Liberty St from Route 62 going East. No one yields and then they block the road. We cringe every time we try to make the turn.
Dan Kennedy August 14, 2012 at 01:23 AM
First, do no harm. I'd have left it more or less the way it was. Fix what needed to be fixed. Try to make the exit ramps a little less scary without redesigning the whole thing. And, most important, don't have any more red lights than there were previously.
Richard Lilja August 14, 2012 at 02:31 AM
As driver of a motorcycle, this is a real problem at rt 62west with other vehicles turning left to get onto 128 north as there is No warning that the opposite lane wants to get on to rt 128 North. I had way too many close calls especially here avoiding hitting the vehicle as they try to bolt across to get out of that mess and the west bounders can't always see them ahead of time due to so much congestion there. There has to be a better way to manage that mess!!!!
Pat August 14, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Sue Cranney, project manager…does everyone realize that she is also in charge of the 3 year $13 million Danversport project that is starting in the spring? Prehaps she shouldn't start another disaster until she fixes this one. I absolutely refuse to believe that Marquis has no control….if he allows this to continue to happen to the Town, well, maybe it's time for a new Town Manager.
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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