Officials mull options for improving intersection

Canton town officials are working to determine how to best improve the intersection of Washington and Randolph streets, following an analysis by a team from the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Team engineers told residents at a recent meeting that delays at the intersection warrant a new traffic signal there.

They offered two alternatives, both involving a traffic signal. One would add a left-hand turning lane for cars heading south on Washington onto Randolph; the other would add a right-hand lane for drivers approaching Washington from Randolph street, heading north.


A roundabout was evaluated by engineers and dismissed as a viable alternative, partly because of the land required to accommodate large emergency vehicles.

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The analysis revealed that the intersection is safe, and that the major concern is delays for drivers on Randolph Street, said Seth Asante, of the planning organization.

If a preferred solution to the traffic delays is found, town officials hope to ask voters at a Town Meeting in 2018 for money to pay for a partial design of the intersection, said town planner Laura Smead.

The meeting in early December was the third such public gathering to discuss conditions at the intersection.

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