The intersection of Middlesex Avenue and Clark Street is likely the most dangerous intersection in town. In one week there were two accidents that required drivers to be taken to the hospital by ambulance.
There are accidents there nearly every week and it is only a matter of time before someone is killed. Not only do people drive at excessive speeds on both streets, but the view is partly obstructed from one angle and stop signs cannot be easily seen.
In the last six months or so, there has been a dramatic increase in 18-wheeled trucks and dump trucks traveling through the intersection which also obstructs the view of drivers. There have been numerous road studies done on the amount of traffic and speed, but it has not improved the safety of the intersection.
In addition to adding stop signs to all four entrances to the intersection, a greater step needs to be taken. Raising the intersection, as is the practice in many cities with similar intersections, would require drivers to stop and proceed at a slow and safe speed.
Adding these two things — four way stop signs and a raised intersection — would dramatically increase the safety for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians in the Clark St. and Middlesex Ave. neighborhood.
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