‘This is an opportunity for all of us to come together and voice our concerns’

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Letter to the Editor iconThe Shrewsbury Planning Board is currently reviewing a proposal that, if approved, could pose significant risks to our community’s safety. The plan involves the construction of two massive warehouses, totaling 927,000 sq. ft., which would introduce a substantial increase in traffic. This includes 1,495 additional vehicle trips, with 554 of them being large diesel-engine trucks. Such a surge in traffic could potentially lead to accidents and other safety hazards.

I am especially concerned with the Shrewsbury Planning Board’s failure to demand an in-depth traffic analysis and review of the 1-290 on and off ramps at Main Street before approving a special permit for the developer. The problem lies in the potential impact of the increased number of trailer trucks navigating that area, and the teenagers traverse this route daily on their way to Shrewsbury High School. I’m also concerned about the dangers posed by increased trailer truck traffic on our local roads. 

The safety and well-being of our residents, especially our youth, are of utmost importance to everyone. 

I suggest the Shrewsbury Town Planners pursue an extensive traffic analysis of all areas, including the I-290 ramps. As seasoned town officials, they must make informed decisions that prioritize the welfare of our community.

This study should delve into the traffic patterns and potential hazards associated with the proposed development, emphasizing the safety of the students negotiating the I-290 intersection. The Shrewsbury planning board must gather sufficient information before giving final approval.

To voice your concerns or provide comments, email the Shrewsbury Board at [email protected]

The Shrewsbury Planning Board will be discussing the traffic implications of these proposed warehouses on June 6th, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall.    

This is an opportunity for all of us to come together and voice our concerns. Your input is crucial in ensuring the safety and well-being of our community, especially our youth.

Let’s not have a tragedy occur and then look back and think, “Too bad we didn’t do such a study.”

Anne Marie Rafferty DiPierro

Shrewsbury

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