Time is short, but town leaders hope there’s enough time for consultants to update Wendell’s transportation improvement plan before the end of the budget year.
Planning Director David Bergmark gave the town’s planning board a sneak peek at what Mike Surasky, a consultant with ATM, is working on.
“We’re interested in making connections,” Bergmark said. “Once you have a broken link, you have real problems.”
One of the challenges the town faces is moving traffic from Wendell Falls Parkway across town to the east.
“Right now, most of the traffic that comes from Wendell Falls would turn onto Third Street and come in to downtown... Traffic projections in 2040 call for 12,000 to 15,000 cars a day making that turn. That’s more than you want on Third Street.”
The town’s current plan includes a number of roads designated or construction or improvement. But Bergmark says the plan is too vague to be useful. “Right now, we’ve got lines on the map, but are they going to be two-lane roads? Or are they going to be four-lane roadways?”
Bergmark said the plan could include some proposed new roads and other planned roads could be re-routed. “One of the things we should remember when we start to get some blowback is that a lot of these roads were already on the maps,” Bergmark said.
Planning board members will see the completed proposal next month. “This is going to be a lot of information coming at you really fast with not a lot of time to respond to it,” Bergmark warned planning board members.