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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. 

Students go . 

"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. 

Cindy Modugno August 03, 2012 at 07:03 PM
The corrections made to that area are totally wrong. There is more confusion with lanes . All they needed to do was to move the darn stop like 5 feet back(west) . How can a tractor trailer "NOT" his the bridge if he needs to be in the left lane (left turn only) to swing wide enough to get to the ramp with a car coming up the inside. It is an will be a bigger mess!!
Pat August 03, 2012 at 07:22 PM
This is the latest excuse!
Pat August 03, 2012 at 07:44 PM
I am insulted that the residents/taxpayers of Danvers are basically being ignored (as well as all those traveling this nightmare.) It's one excuse after another. All the painted lines and signage in the world are not going to correct left hand turns and 2 lanes into 3, back to 2….let's just face it, this Engeneering debacle just needs to be fixed. It may have looked good on paper, but it doesn't work! And PLEASE don't let this happen at the Port when construction starts there! I sat in traffic backed up all the way from Starbucks in Beverly! That's totally uncalled for, unecessary and insulting! I saw a driver so frustrated that he pulled onto the sidewalk at a fast rate of speed, knocked over 3 trash barrells, then just took off, thank God there wasn't a person walking there at the time. What is it going to take to admit this design is no good? Road rage? Pedestrian death? Taxpayer's property being damaged? Real Estate values plummeting in that end of town? No more excuses, this has gone on far too long already! If the Town has no control over this project, then we should refuse further moneys for other projects, such as the Port, before our Town is at a complete standstill.
Pat August 03, 2012 at 07:48 PM
$21 million for this? I would have rather ended hunger and sat at the old Stop sign a few minutes more! What a waste of money!
Derek Joyce August 03, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Pat, Just think of this whole 128 project as the New Big Dig. I can think of a billion things wrong with this project, but I am going to point out a couple things. The lights on Elliot Street aren't timed correctly, they need to coordinate the Reds with Reds and green with green. 2nd, The left lane, left turn only is a big mess, People still can't figure it out. The lights on High Street are ridiculous, You can't even see the lights near the bridge. Those are only a few things, but there is plenty more. This project didn't really need to be done, and with Liberty street being under construction next spring, the traffic is going to be worse.
Pat August 03, 2012 at 10:07 PM
I agree, Water Street isn't even finished yet! And, yes, this was a total waste of money that has caused nothing but problems for the Taxpayers and residents of the Town. I just don't understand why our Town officials can't do something about it NOW and take the necessary steps to stop the same thing from happening on the Port project…as we all know it will! Hope they keep this mess in mind when they review Wayne's contract! (Not that it will matter, he seems to have the Town by the _____ already!) I just don't think he cares because he doesn't have to travel it every day..
Rhonda Giarratana August 04, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Another thing that could change and make a huge improvement is to widen the roadway on state St (parallel to 128n) heading towards the lights on the right hand side so that cars could take a right heading towards downtown Danvers, without having to sit and wait for the light for all the people going left. There is loads of room on the right and left of at roadway, I can't understand why they made such a huge sidewalk area when more road way was needed. Just that one alteration to the roadway would free up so much traffic and time. Really Wayne, just travel the roadway for even just one week in each direction and you will understand why so many people are complaining. Thanks for reading.
Pat August 04, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Great idea! Wayne….GET IN YOUR CAR!! Make sure it's Mon-Fri during rush hour and travel a different direction each day….Haha!
Jerry Sheehan August 04, 2012 at 11:52 AM
I have never witnessed first hand a bigger waste of taxpayer's money than with this ridiculous project that appears to be designed by a silly Liberal Democrat! What a disaster and a joke this is to all local residents! It would be better off at this point if it was simpy blown-up and filled in with dirt! I can't stand this route PERIOD!
Pat August 04, 2012 at 11:59 AM
This brings up a good question, Who did the designing? If the same team does the Port, we are in trouble!
Karen Brown August 04, 2012 at 12:14 PM
That is the biggest cop out I have ever heard!! I agree with Pat! Mr. Marquis "get in your car and drive the route" especially at rush hour!!! Also, there needs to be another cross walk at the intersection of Conant and Elliot , going straight across Elliot so we do not see any Childern killed when the school year starts!!! Also, my driveway is the firstt driveway after you bear right from conant on to Elliot going to the new 128 nightmare at exit 22. The traffic is backed up all the time at this point and people find the need to turn around in my driveway or some have even had the nerve to cut through!! What can u do about this?? I have a youg child and I am nervous every time he takes his bike out in my own driveway!!! It's unacceptable!!!!
Karen Brown August 04, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Is there something we can do as a community? I am willing to go up to town hall and get some sort of petition going! I've already started taking pictures and videos so there's no denial from the town reps!!!
Dan Kennedy August 04, 2012 at 04:50 PM
There are some great comments here, and I hope town officials are reading them. Maybe things will get better. But I don't see how moving from one traffic light to four on 62 is ever going to work well.
Pat August 04, 2012 at 06:30 PM
I'll sign!
Pat August 04, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Now I'm really curious about the other end of Liberty Street and the new Port lights that will be going in……I'de love to see what the plans are! If it's anything like this mess, Liberty Street will be a parking lot!
James D August 05, 2012 at 11:34 AM
I remember when the Liberty Tree Mall location was just a big empty field. Ahhh, the good old (undeveloped) days...
Todd Perry August 05, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Part of the problem in that 62 is between Folly Hill and the river. There is no other way for trffic to go. The cummings center should stagger their work hours so that everyone isn't trying to get to 128 at the same time.
Pat August 05, 2012 at 03:41 PM
It would help, but the point is that traffic was never this bad before they "improved" it! They need to redesign/fix it.
Sean Ward August 05, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I've noticed that a lot of the new lights going up just slap on no right on red everywhere. This is just cya for the state so nobody can blame them for accidents. There needs to a legit reason for no right on red. If the oncoming traffic is in plain view then right on red should be permitted. Turning right at the end of the southbound off ramp should not be no right on red. Also agree that the end of State St. needs a right turn lane.
Sean Ward August 05, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Also quite annoyed by the town manager continuing to pretend there is nothing wrong here instead of representing the needs of the vast majority of his constituents.
Sean Ward August 05, 2012 at 04:24 PM
There may not be much he can do but he is supposed to be our voice. He finds one person that lives behind the new Great Wall of Danvers and stands behind her.
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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