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Intersection Improvements to Come

Low cost intersection improvements will start happening around town.

North Reading will soon see some low cost intersection improvements, according to the police department's Facebook page.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will be making some low cost intersection improvements in town, according to police. The FHWA would like to "improve stop-controlled intersections where a high number of crashes have occurred," police said on the department's Facebook page.

According to police, the improvements include the following:

  • Doubled up (left and right) oversize, advance intersection warning signs with street name sign plaques, on the mainline, uncontrolled approaches 
  • Doubled up (left and right) oversize, advance “stop ahead” intersection warning signs on the stop controlled approaches
  • Doubled up (left and right) oversize “stop” signs
  • Properly placed stop bar(s)
  • Removal of any foliage or parking that limits sight obstructions
  • Double arrow warning signs at the stem of T intersections

The intersections that will be worked on are at North and Central Street; Park and Central Street; and Chestnut and Haverhill Street. The work will start on Thursday, June 20.

Contact Michael P. Soraghan, PE, Town Engineer at 978-357-5226 or msoraghan@northreadingma.gov with questions.

Melinda Damon June 18, 2013 at 09:19 PM
there should be a brite stop light sign on the North and central St Where the Hillview Countery club near and reduse the speed on all streets through out of the Town lower it to 10 from 45 make 35 on main st and 5 mile pur hour less on all back streets and roads this a must to many people are racing on this and it must stop before we lose people lives and drinking and Driving and drug is call for KILLING YOURSELF this must stop now
Barry June 19, 2013 at 12:23 AM
How about a traffic light at North and Central? I don't think larger or brighter stop signs are enough. It's hard to believe that anyone with an ounce of brains engineered that intersection. It's harder to believe that NR has let it stand as it is for so long without doing anything significant to make it safer.
KP June 24, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Thanks for the HUGE over sized sign in our yard North Reading. Also thanks for not doing anything about North street Corner.(North St & Pine Ridge Rd) Don't be surprised when the sign is knocked over by someone who doesn't know the corner is there. I see it everyday. We call and tell the police that cars speed around the corner and end up on the sidewalk. They Told me " Nothing we can do about it" "not enough man power"...
J June 25, 2013 at 11:14 PM
People should be blaming the irresponsible drivers. Thanks to the NRPD! You guys are the best!
John Intorcio June 26, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Ironically... Less than 24 hours after the new "oversize" stop signs were installed at Chestnut and Haverhill, at least one has been knocked down and has a temporary replacement installed. Pretty sure I saw a second bent post as well. This morning, as I was approaching the intersection from the east, a big building supply truck had just cleared the intersection from the west. It's mirror struck the back of the "oversize, advance 'stop ahead' sign" that's placed about a foot off the pavement. The sign rattled but stayed up! It's only a matter of time. Not feeling much safer.
me June 26, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Melinda is ignorant. You should review your spelling and sentence structure before you click submit.

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