WILMINGTON, MA — At last week’s Wilmington Board of Selectmen, Town Manager Jeff Hull announced that the town is considering installing emergency vehicle traffic control signals outside the Public Safety Building.
This traffic control would “allow public safety personnel to stop traffic using stationary control signals for safe egress of fire department apparatus.”
According to DPW Director Michael Woods, the project is estimated to cost $300,000 to $350,000:
- $45,000 — Engineering Fee
- $30,000 — Design & Bidding (including full land survey & signal borings for geotechnical design)
- $15,000 — Construction Administration, Review of Shop Drawings & Construction Techniques
- $250,000-$300,000 — Construction
Over the past few months, there have been several “close calls” with vehicles almost crashing into fire engines leaving from and returning to the station.
At a May Selectmen’s Meeting, Wilmington Fire Chief Bill Cavanaugh asked residents to use caution and slow down while driving past the Public Safety Building after fire engines were almost struck in two separate incidents while trying to back into the station.
Earlier this month, Wilmington put into service a brand new fire engine, which cost the town approximately $600,000 after a trade-in. Take a virtual tour of the fire engine HERE.
Cavanaugh recently told Selectmen the fire engine was a “great truck” and a “sorely needed piece of equipment.” The town was forced to take its previous “Squad One” pumper out of service back in 2018 due to significant rot to its frame. The town had been using a loaner while its new fire engine was being built.
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