By Justin Roshak, Contributing Writer
HUDSON – The intersection at Cox Street, Old Bolton Road, and Old Stow Road in Hudson is being studied by the town’s traffic consultant to determine what, if any, changes might make it safer.
The issue was discussed at an Aug. 27 meeting of the Internal Traffic Committee, which asked the consultant to examine possible alterations.
The core issue with the Cox/Old Bolton/Old Stow intersection is its complexity, which makes it challenging to drivers who are not familiar with it Director of Planning and Community Development Kristina Johnson recently told the Community Advocate.
She predicted that possible solutions will fall into one of two possible categories: adjusting the intersection through physical engineering, which would be a substantial investment of time and money, or more affordable tweaks, such as new signage.
“Aside from some serious geometric improvements, there’s some signage that can be installed,” Johnson said.
The ITC and the traffic consultant will formulate a recommendation based on data regarding the number and cause of accidents in and around the intersection.
But Johnson cautioned that not all causes of collisions can be addressed by the Town. For example, phone related collisions might not be fully addressed by signage.
The issue was raised by a citizen complaint to the Select Board early last month. It was then forwarded to the ITC.