Shrewsbury sends letter asking for turn restrictions

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By Laura Hayes, Contributing Writer

SHREWSBURY — The Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen moved forward May 11 with sending a letter to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), recommending restricting left turns from South Street onto Route 20. 

In April, Shrewsbury asked for feedback on the plan. During their May 11 meeting, Chair John Samia said the town received “hundreds of pages” of feedback.

“I think the restriction to South Street is an important first step and public feedback largely supports that concept,” Town Manager Kevin Mizikar said.

The letter comes on the heels of a crash earlier this year involving a school bus carrying students from Al-Hamra Academy and a tractor-trailer on Route 20.

Samia thanked the community, including Al-Hamra students and “some children who had been previously injured on Route 20” for their feedback.

Mizikar said the letter will also encourage MassDOT to move as “promptly as possible” with other improvements to Route 20. 

Last month the town submitted, through U.S. Congressman James McGovern’s (D-MA 02) office, a letter seeking $15.4 million in federal money to fund the Route 20 improvements.