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Warren officials ponder intersection revamping during site visit

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05/29/2008

By Kara Herlihy

The intersections of West Hill Road and Golf Course Road as well as West Hill Road, Lincoln Gap and Inferno Road were the subject of on-site inspections by the Warren Select Board prior to their regular meeting May 27.

Select board members joined several interested parties Tuesday evening at the two points along West Hill Road to discuss the possible redesign of the intersections.

The plans call for the intersections to be remade into a "T" formation, for increased visibility and safety. Where West Hill Road meets Inferno Road and Lincoln Gap Road, a "T" intersection would replace the current circle and be marked with increased signage including stop signs to regulate traffic and speed.

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Members of the Warren Fire Department along with road crew members expressed their concerns over large emergency truck maneuverability and winter maintenance including plowing on the narrow intersections.

The site visit follows a proposal by the Agency of Transportation to redesign the entrance to Warren Village from Route 100, which would remove the island marked with reflective posts and form a "T" intersection.

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While no representatives from the AOT were present at the site visit, Town Administrator Cindi Hartshorn-Jones said they plan to visit the intersections in October and make their recommendations.

At their last meeting, Jones assured that the AOT's evaluation of problem intersections in Warren comes at zero cost to the town.

The board also approved approximately $57,000 to repave existing paved roads for maintenance. Road sections slated for paving include Brook Road from Freeman Brook Bridge to the Park and Ride, from the end of the bridge to Route 100, and Route 100/West Hill Road to the bridge.

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