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February 6, 2014

Letter: Making Brimbal Avenue safer

To the editor:

As the owner of the building and parking lot (133 Brimbal Avenue) directly across the street from the current connector road, I may have one of the best vantage points to comment on the proposed road improvements that hang in the balance of the Feb. 8 referendum.

Every day, traffic backs up on the connector road with vehicles waiting to turn left onto Brimbal Avenue. When traffic does back up in the left turn lane, many drivers intending to turn left take matters into their own hands and proceed into the right-hand lane and make a right-hand turn onto Brimbal Avenue, often ignoring the stop sign. They then turn left into my parking lot and hastily proceed to head back onto Brimbal Avenue in the opposite direction, feeling proud that they have just outsmarted the drivers waiting in line to make a legal left turn onto Brimbal Avenue. Many accidents have occurred at this intersection, and many pedestrians have narrowly avoided injury in my parking lot as cars weave through parked cars to get back onto Brimbal Avenue.

I welcome all Beverly voters to visit my parking lot during the morning or evening commute to witness this “round about” behavior.

I firmly believe that a legal roundabout will improve the safety and traffic flow on Brimbal Avenue.

The city and state have studied this intersection for years and have finally come up with a resolution that improves the safety and the traffic flow at Exit 19 (Brimbal Avenue). A key element of this solution is to move the connector road farther away from Route 128 and the Brimbal Avenue overpass, thereby eliminating the bottleneck that occurs on the current connector road. This solution includes adding two roundabouts that will facilitate safe left turns at Sohier Road and Brimbal Avenue.

I urge all Beverly voters to vote “Yes” Feb. 8.

Ernest Santin

Beverly

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