Surveys for Love Lane and Nearby Neighborhoods on Proposed Traffic Changes
The Select Board is requesting participation from the Love Lane neighborhood and other nearby neighborhoods in two surveys about proposed traffic changes at Love Lane and Route 20. These surveys represent the first implementation of a new Select Board process to obtain resident input and evaluate traffic management recommendations of the Traffic and Sidewalk Committee and Department of Public Works, before making final decisions.
The proposed traffic changes were in response to requests to mitigate perceived cut-through traffic and speeding in the Love Lane neighborhood from traffic exiting or entering route 20. The two key changes would be:
- prohibit left turns from Love Lane northbound onto Route 20 westbound
- prohibit right turns from Route 20 eastbound onto Love Lane southbound
Love Lane Neighborhood Survey
One survey has been developed to assess how much residents of the Love Lane neighborhood share the concerns about current conditions and support the proposed traffic changes. This survey is available at bit.ly/loveln and is solely for residents living on Love Lane, Claridge Drive, and Sanderson Lane.
Highland Street Neighborhoods Survey
The second survey is to gauge abutting neighborhood concerns on potential impacts that could develop from the proposed changes. This survey can be found at bit.ly/nearloveln and is intended primarily for residents living on Highland Street (including the Highland Meadows community and Livermore Lane), Chestnut Street, Buckskin Drive, Westerly Road, Black Oak Road, and Deer Path Lane, as well as direct feeders into those streets.
Completion and Process
Each survey is estimated to take 7-8 minutes for completion. The Select Board would like residents specified above to take the applicable survey by May 15, so that the results can be analyzed and assist the Select Board in making a decision on these proposed changes.
The purpose of sending these surveys out through a broad reach online, instead of mailing them, is two-fold:
- to promote expanded citizen engagement and ownership of town-sponsored projects
- to minimize impacts to the town’s operating budget by utilizing less expensive and greener communication avenues. This method incurs no paper, printing, or postage costs, and it utilizes staff and volunteer time more efficiently.
If you know of anyone living in the neighborhoods described above, we would appreciate you sharing this notice with them to ensure their participation. The Select Board thanks residents for their participation in this process and the Traffic and Sidewalk Committee and Department of Public Works for development of these proposed changes for consideration.