SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Approves Safety Improvements To Shawsheen Avenue

WILMINGTON, MA — At Monday night’s Selectmen’s Meeting, the board members unanimously supported the recommendations of Police Chief Michael Begonis to improve vehicular safety on Shawsheen Avenue, from the Shawsheen Elementary School to the Billerica Line:

  • Stop signs will be installed on four side streets where they intersect Shawsheen Avenue — Harold Avenue, Reed Street, Melody Lane, and Grace Drive.
  • The sign locations of previously approved speed limits in the area of the posted school zone will be moved slightly to eliminate overlap within school zone signage.  As a result of the proposal, three 25 MPH signs and one 35 MPH signs would be moved slightly (e.g., 0.06 miles, 0.11 miles, 0.16 miles, & 160 feet). This will require further approval from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Speed Limit Signs
  • The existing posted School Zone in the area of the Shawsheen Elementary School was officially endorsed by the Selectmen. Police recently discovered that while the School Zone signage has been displayed since 2006, the zone was never formally approved through the process outlined in state and federal traffic guidelines. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will also need to formally approve the school zone.

Wilmington’s Department of Public Works already recently installed guardrail reflectors between Melody Lane and Grace Drive.

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