–Submitted by Lisa Litchfield
As you may have heard, there are many new developments happening in our town. Some have already started construction and others are waiting approval. I am very concerned about the traffic impact this will have on many, if not all, roads in our town.
Developments waiting approval:
- 139 proposed units (113 rentals) on Carlisle Road with over 220 parking spots
- 14 acres behind Northside convenience gas station to be developed after the 139-unit Carlisle Road housing development, if approved.
- Almost 500,000 square feet of hangar space (27 new hangars) at Hanscom Airfield off Hartwell Rd (across from the Edge). The plan currently shows 240 parking spots for that project.
- Old Billerica Road development (between 13-17 units)
Developments already begun construction:
- South Road assisted living project (92 beds)
- South Rd & Summer St. – 20 new apartments
- Mixed use retail and housing next to the DPW (old Papa Gino’s site): 16 apts/condos
It is frightening to think how much longer it could take to get through Bedford from one end to the other. Whether it is just dropping your kids off at school or going out to do daily errands around town, it will most definitely be more frustrating once these developments are completed. In addition, our rush hour traffic, which is already bad, will be worse for sure. Adding numerous additional lights which include crosswalk buttons will not help the situation (unfortunately, crosswalk buttons tend to back up traffic).
After attending the informational session about the Carlisle Road Development on Tuesday night, February 14, the developer, Brian DeVellis, when questioned about the traffic problems that will arise if his development gets approved, did agree that the issues arising from the additional traffic coming from Carlisle Road into the intersection at Northside convenience may not be solvable.
Bedford is not able to fix the current traffic problems as is, never mind when these proposed developments are built. We are a small town that cannot accommodate hundreds (or perhaps thousands) of more car trips each day.
Our town already feels the effect of too much traffic and with all these new developments it will certainly have an ever-lasting negative effect on our town.
Please voice your concerns to the Select Board!