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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. 

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"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 . 

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. 

Jessica Ventura August 05, 2012 at 06:58 PM
I, too, am irked by the new traffic lights at 128 adding 3 more minutes to my 15 minute commute, and believe better planning should have gone into them. But I would like to voice that I am very thankful for the new entrance and exit ramps on the freeway itself. Drivers constantly pass others on the right while driving on 128 through Danvers, not considering those who are trying to get on from a dead stop. The 6-7 minutes added to my commute every day certainly feels better when I consider the lives that this new system may be saving. Also, don't forget about the sound barriers being put up between the highway and the nearby homes. Part of that $21million is keeping property values up in our town. The entrance from 62 used to allow cars to turn right, regardless of the direction they were entering. Now we have all the traffic from Danvers/Middleton and 95-S making a left to get on 128-N. This alone will add time, regardless of a good design. It doesn't help that the timing of the lights is extremely bad and that drivers feel entitled to block the intersections (with traffic cops doing nothing to penalize them). It is going to take a combined effort to make this mess into something workable - including us commuters!
Pat August 05, 2012 at 07:24 PM
You only added 3 minutes to your commute? what time and what direction? Mine was 18 minutes longer coming from Beverly to Danvers at 5pm and an additional 8 minutes just getting off at exit 22E and taking a left to go to Danvers….mainly because even after getting the green light, I couldn't move as traffic was clogged up with those taking left hand turn to go onto 128 from the other direction.
Sean Ward August 05, 2012 at 08:21 PM
The new on ramps are nice if you are coming from the right direction on 62. However, I did spend some time going back through the last several years of traffic fatalities and could not find any related to the merging traffic on 128 in Danvers. In fact I found many more on 95 where everyone is going faster because traffic can merge at speed. Perhaps the old merges kept us all from going too fast and forced us to pay more attention?
Tim August 31, 2012 at 02:30 PM
I would like to see it publicly known who is Responsible for this project. Who designed it an who approved it? If its a politician I would like that person voted out of office. Obviously Wayne Marquis is not listening to the people of his town. This $21 million project has made things worse. I'm a home owner and a business owner and parent in danvers who has to drive a truck towing a trailer down 62 to get on the highway almost every day. Even if 128 is a little bit safer, 62 is much more dangerous. This "improvement" is a joke. I refuse to be the fool who paid for this (taxpayer) if this is the result.
Pat August 31, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Danvers Town Hall...Wayne Marquis 978-777-0001 X3069 If he's just listening to the one person on Liberty St that loves this mess, maybe the rest of us should call to let him know we hate it!

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