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January 13, 2014

Project's traffic impact disputed

Estimates vary from 30 to 300 more cars a day on Brimbal Avenue

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DeAngelis said that even if there is a left-hand-turn access from the connector road into the shopping plaza, vehicles coming from any other direction will have to use Brimbal Avenue.

Scanlon, in an open letter to the citizens of Beverly in September, said the two roundabouts would improve the service level of the area from “F” to “A,” the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s highest ranking.

“In other words, traffic would be able to travel through the area much more safely, quickly and efficiently than it does today,” Scanlon wrote.

But the North Beverly Neighborhood Association says the traffic studies have failed to take into account the existing traffic problems at both ends of Brimbal Avenue, which both have a train station and an elementary school.

“Imagine what Brimbal Avenue will look like on your commute home with an additional 300 cars and several lights and roundabouts separating you from your driveway,” the group said on its website.

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or pleighton@salemnews.com.

 

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