WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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116 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 7 Traffic Jam accelerating fast onto the highway, Nunez Cooke instead lengthens his commute by traveling on safer town roads to drop off his three chil- dren at Sprague Elementary School. One morning, when he did ven- ture to a Route 9 turnaround, a Wellesley police officer got out of his cruiser and helped cars get around. Soon, Nunez Cooke and others won't need a police officer's assis- tance to cross town directly on Route 9. That's because the town is pri- oritizing how it should approach its Route 9 Enhancement and Study Plan, a 64-page review of the busy highway and list of recommenda- tions on how the road can better support traffic, pedestrians, and pub- lic transportation. Recommendations include encouraging public transportation by creating stops for the local MetroWest Regional Transit Authority bus route, enhancing traffic signals for pedestrians and bicyclists, recon- structing and installing sidewalks along the entire Wellesley section of Route 9, and creating bike and multi-modal paths along the route. The plan also doesn't rule out footbridges across the highway. Because Route 9 is a state road, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation will have to approve the town's recommendations. T R A F F I C M A P D A T A C O U R T E S Y O F W E L L E S L E Y P O L I C E D E P A R T M E N T Accidents on heaviest traffic routes

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