WILMINGTON, MA — At Wednesday’s Board of Selectmen Meeting, Wilmington Town Manager Jeff Hull provided the public with a brief update on the intersection project at Glen Road, Middlesex Avenue and Wildwood Street.
Hull had some good news and some bad news.
The good news was that, due to the recent “unseasonable” weather, work has been able to continue on the installation of the mast arms and signals at the intersection. According to Hull, the contractor is using the intersection project as “fill in” work for his crews.
“Weather has been working to our advantage,” noted Hull.
The bad news is that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has been unable to provide the town with a firm timeline on when the project will be completed. Hull noted that even once the traffic signals are fully installed and wired, they will be in a”flashing mode” for at least four weeks. The lights won’t be activated to “full traffic control mode” until after this testing period.
“I think it’s fair to stay that we should anticipate the lights will be operational by this spring,” said Hull. “We will certainly update the board as we get more specifics on the timeline, but MassDOT has been reluctant to give them at this time.”
“It’s exciting to see the project getting closer to completion,” responded Selectman Chair Mike Champoux.
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I think it’s more dangerous without the lights due to the new lanes. The lanes are designed to be regulated by lights. If you’re not familiar with the intersection, it’s dangerous. 4 weeks of blinking??
Lights are needed for this intersection now. Even blinking lights would be an improvement.Try taking a left turn from Glenn road or onto Glenn road. Very dangerous. It’s an accident waiting to happen.