WILMINGTON, MA — In recent sit-down interviews at Wilmington Community Television’s studios, the three candidates running in the 19th Middlesex State Representative Race were asked what they will do to improve the traffic situation in Wilmington and Tewksbury.
“We need to look at redeveloping Route 38 and removing the older intersections that no longer have smart timers,” responded Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury). “Driving home from Wilmington, I sit at the Oakdale Plaza lights, at Shawsheen and Main, for 45 seconds while there’s no one else around because the light isn’t programmed in a way that’s optimal…. After that, we have to start looking at turn lane stretch…. We have to get out there with the engineers, get our hands dirty, and really take a crack at this.”
“This is a road situation and a redevelopment situation. When you allow developers to put big developments on roads that can’t handle the traffic as it is, and then create entrances and exists that stop traffic instead of easing into the flow, there’s a problem,” answered Patricia Meuse (I-Tewksbury). “But the primary focus of the state should be fixing roads like Route 38… fixing the roads and putting sidewalks in on both sides….”
“Decrease the amount of apartment buildings being built in the district,” suggested Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury). “And [think about] where we’re placing new businesses. Every business brings in a different volume of traffic. If businesses are being located properly, that can avoid a lot of the traffic, especially during high traffic hours.”
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