Engineer Recommends Intersection Improvements
By Kevin Rudden Staff Reporter/Columnist · September 16, 2010
A larger stop sign and stop ahead signs will be installed on Fruit St. at the intersection with South Main following a request by Maureen Laquerre of Bellingham, whose father was killed in a September 2009 accident at the location.
Milford Selectmen voted unanimously at their August 23 meeting to adopt Town Engineer Michael Santora's recommendations to improve traffic signalization at the intersection of South Main St. and Fruit St. by adding larger "Stop" signs and "Stop Ahead" signs at both Fruit St. approaches.
The board met with Police Chief Thomas O'Loughlin at its August 9 meeting to discuss the intersection after receiving a letter from Maureen Laquerre of Bellingham – whose father was killed in a September, 2009 accident at that intersection – asking whether four-way "Stop" signs or a traffic signal could be installed. O'Loughlin said he had asked Santora to look at the intersection as a "fresh set of eyes."
Santora wrote a memo to selectmen saying that the intersection did not meet the criteria for either a traffic signal or four-way "Stop" signs under the standards within the Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices. He noted that changes in parking on South Main St. implemented in 2006 had caused the number of accidents to decline from six within the six previous months to six since then – one in 2006, two in 2007, one in 2008, two in 2009 and none in 2010. Santora called that "a very significant improvement."
Police reports show that the fatal accident in 2009 "was the direct result of the negligence of the unlicensed driver of the vehicle on the Fruit St. approach who did not stop at the 'Stop' sign," with no other contributing factors involved," Santora said.
He recommended increasing the current 24-inch stop signs to the maximum size available – 30 inches – and installing new 30-inch "Stop Ahead" signs as well. After adopting his recommendations, Chairman William Buckley asked that a letter be sent to Laquerre informing her of the board's decision.
In other business at their August 23, selectmen unanimously approved:
• A fortune teller license for Jacklyn Tene of Leominster to open her "Psychic Reader" business at 20 Main St.;
• A second hand license for Dana McNeil of Upton to open "The Foxy Shop" consignment store at 207 West St. (Route 140);
• An auctioneer license for Rose Sears of New Bedford to conduct a Friends Auction at the Milford Congregational Church at 4 Congress St.;
• A one-day wine and beer license for the Milford Youth Center to conduct a fund-raising event on October 16; and,
• A proclamation in honor of United Nations Day on October 24.
The board also followed a recommendation by David Cutler, director of Safety and Security for the Milford Public Schools, to appoint the following traffic supervisors for the 2010-2011 school year: Dawn Carbary, Peggy Farrell, Gloria Linnell, Gerry Linnell, Donna Pickell-Mason, Kerry Asam, Joan Lawton, Marianne Wood, Donald Iacovelli, Ann Mussulli-Roccanti, Suzanne Banderet, Sharon MacLean, Nadene Ladeau, Susan Koslowski, Denise Kaufman, Raymond Pagucci, Richard Brogioli and Frank O'Neil.