Request for flashing crosswalk signs added to warrant


Request for flashing crosswalk signs added to warrant
The Select Board is supporting an article that would install flashing crosswalk signs on West Main Street, between the Forbes Municipal Building and the rotary. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

WESTBOROUGH – On Jan. 5, a car struck a 12-year-old boy as he was crossing West Main Street near the rotary.

The boy was shaken up and had some scratches, but he was otherwise OK, according to his mother, Lauren Schiffman.

Schiffman appeared before the Select Board on Feb. 14, to request a Town Meeting article to add flashing crosswalk signs at West Main near the Forbes Municipal Building.

“I am here to appeal to you … I want to do my part to add a layer of protection. I don’t want another parent to get a call” that their child had been struck by a car, she said.

Costs would include about $14,000 for the signals (two at $6,000-$7,000 each), plus installation.

“We support the article,” said board Chair Ian Johnson. “Downtown is a tough place with parked cars and traffic.”

The exact spot where the signals would be installed would be left to the Department of Public Works.

The board approved a motion to place the request onto the warrant.


Car hits boy crossing the street near Westborough rotary