Traffic Safety Coordinating Committee

It is the intention of the Selectmen, in creating the Traffic Safety Coordinating Committee, to establish an advisory group that can receive all requests and suggestions for traffic safety improvement in the Town of Sudbury, and evaluate and recommend to the Town Manager and Board of Selectmen various approaches that could be used to create safer and more livable neighborhoods through efforts to reduce speeding and unnecessary traffic on neighborhood roads. Local traffic problems arouse emotion, as do their solutions. It will be the mission of this committee to provide a multi departmental approach to systematically and logically studying conditions and developing possible responses to propose to the Town Manager and subsequently the Board of Selectmen. This Committee is advisory only, and will not have responsibility for any operational activities.

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2002 Community Vision for the Old Post Road
Workshops in 2001 and 2002 defined resident's preferences for Route 20 future development
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Walkway Planning Initiative
Town Seeks Resident Assistance with Walkway Planning
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Traffic Safety Coordinating Committee - Mission Statement Mission statement for the Traffic Safety Coordinating Committee which was establish on December 19, 2006 by a vote of the Sudbury Board of Selectmen February 23, 2007
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Volunteer Form for the Historical Commission October 29, 2010
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Information

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Walkway Planning and Prioritization Initiative June 10, 2011
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Mass Highway Dept. Speed Regulations July 15, 2009
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What department should I contact if a tree has fallen or if there are broken tree limbs on a street blocking passage?

 The Dept of Public Works would also be the department to notify in these circumstances.  They can be reached at 978-443-2209, ext. 1389.

 

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What department should I contact if there are any obstructed views at intersections due to overgrown vegetation?

 The Dept of Public Works oversees all Town roadways and walkways, including shoulder mowing, snow removal, paving and repairing.  They can be reached at 978-443-2209, ext. 1389.

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What is the procedure for requesting a change to the speed limit on a particular road?

Contact the Traffic Safety Coordinating Committee in writing via e-mail, trafficsafety@sudbury.ma.us.  Be sure to include a description of any issues leading to the request (i.e. any dangerous curves, reoccurring accidents, unsafe pedestrian activity), specify the location along the road, and provide details about any support for the speed limit change from other Sudbury residents.

The State determines the process for changing local speed limits. The laws regarding speed limit changes can be found at Mass Highway Dept. Speed Regulations.  The Police Department will first measure speeds along the roadway using traffic counters to monitor speed and volume of traffic. From that data the assumed safe speed limit will be whatever 85% of cars travel. If your street shows that cars typically travel at the 85% speed or above, without excessive accidents, it is assumed that is a safe speed and the State will deny the speed limit change.

The Traffic Safety Committee makes recommendations to the Board of Selectmen on resident requests.  If residents are not satisfied with the recommendations of the committee, they can request to discuss the issue directly with the Selectmen at a regularly scheduled meeting.

What is the procedure for requesting the installation of traffic lights, street signs and/or crosswalks in town?

Contact the Traffic Safety Coordinating Committee in writing via e-mail, trafficsafety@sudbury.ma.us. Be sure to include a description of any issues leading to the request (i.e. any dangerous curves, reoccurring accidents, unsafe pedestrian activity), specify the location along the road, and provide details about any support for the request from other Sudbury residents.

The Traffic Safety Committee meets approximately every other month, and discusses the petitions received by their meeting date.  Residents are notified by email of the committee’s recommendations.

The Traffic Safety Committee makes recommendations to the Board of Selectmen on resident requests.  If residents are not satisfied with the recommendations of the committee, they can request to discuss the issue directly with the Selectmen at a regularly scheduled meeting.

What is the procedure for requesting traffic enforcement in a particular area?

 Traffic enforcement is the jurisdiction of the Sudbury Police Department, and they should be called directly at 978-443-1042.

Who do I contact if I have concerns about traffic issues related to development projects, i.e. trucks blocking streets or parking in inappropriate areas; noisy vehicles causing congestion on smaller roads; or trucks traveling at high speeds?

Contact the Traffic Safety Coordinating Committee in writing via e-mail, trafficsafety@sudbury.ma.us. Be sure to include a description of the problem and the location. The Director of Planning and Community Development will forward the request to the relevant department (if it is related to a specfici development), or the Traffic Safety Committee will address any general traffic issue and report back with their recommendation.

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How does the town ensure that walkways are fully accessible for persons with disabilities?

The Department of Public Works routinely monitors the condition of the town’s walkways to ensure for safe passage. Please keep in mind that many of the Town’s walkways were built years ago, prior to laws regarding accessibility were enacted.  The Town does make an effort of rebuilding walkways in use by disabled residents to enable passage to the extent feasible. Residents who notice safety issues on walkways are encouraged to notify the Department of Public Works via e-mail, DPW@town.sudbury.ma.us, or by calling 978-443-2209. If calling after office hours, be sure to leave a detailed message as to where the maintenance issue is located.

My neighborhood wants a walkway installed on our street, but an easement will be necessary to accommodate a walkway on my property. What is an easement and what are my rights as a property owner?

An easement is basically the right to use property that the town does not own. Easements are typically needed for walkways where the road right of way is not wide enough to accommodate both a road and a walkway within its legal limits. When a walkway is built in that situation, the town must seek legal permission from the owner to use or improve a specific piece of the property. By granting permission, the owners let the public walk over the property on that walkway.

The easement process can only begin when the engineering of a walkway is complete and the amount of land needed is determined. Once an easement is granted, it will be registered as part of that property owner’s deed.

Typically there are questions from property owners when an easement is asked of them. The more typical questions include the issue of liability and if the property owner will be paid for the easement. The Town assumes liability for the construction and maintenance of the walkway and does not pay the owner for easements.

 

What is the procedure for having a new walkway constructed in my neighborhood?

Residents should first read the Town’s Walkway Planning Initiative to see the process that goes into walkway consideration. Much study about pedestrian safety, road width, environmental impact, and availability of funding goes into determining walkway feasibility and priorities. The Walkway Committee Report, Feb. 2000 can also provide information about building a case for a walkway plan in your neighborhood or potential obstacles that might make a walkway an impossible option on certain roads.

General questions about walkway projects can be directed to Jody Kablack, Director of Planning and Community Development at 978-639-3387, or to kablackj@sudbury.ma.us.</P>

Who should I contact if I notice a safety issue with an existing walkway in town (ex: overgrown vegetation, pot holes, cracks, low-hanging tree branches)?

If you notice any overgrown vegetation, pot holes, cracked asphalt, or low-hanging tree branches on or around walkways, contact the Department of Public Works via e-mail, DPW@sudbury.ma.us, or by calling 978-443-2209. If you call after office hours, be sure to leave a detailed message as to where the maintenance issue is located.

Current Members

Name Position Address Term End Date
Jody A. Kablack Member Flynn Building 2 05/31/2015
William L. Miles Member Fire Headquarters 2 05/31/2015
Scott Nix Member 415 Boston Post Road 2 05/31/2015
I. William Place Member DPW Building 2 05/31/2015

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