Lexington Center Streetscape Project

Myths and Facts

Myth: Traffic lights at the Woburn St / Mass Ave intersection will cause backups on Mass Ave.

Facts: The Woburn St intersection is currently designed to optimize one thing only: an uninterrupted stream of traffic down Mass Ave and into the Center. The intersection speeds Mass Ave traffic into our Center while ignoring frustrating backups on Woburn St.

With the new recommended design, as needed traffic signal changes will:

  • give a fair shake to drivers entering from Woburn St, Fletcher Ave and Winthrop Rd.
  • turn this virtually uncrossable intersection into a safe eastern entrance to Lexington Center and make it a welcoming and convenient way to walk to the Farmers' Market, Town Offices, and stores on the north side of Mass Ave.
  • dramatically improve safety and usability for pedestrians, bicyclists, and people with disabilities.

There is no evidence that traffic lights will cause undue backups on Mass Ave. What the lights will do is slow down the 23,000 vehicles that pass through that intersection on a typical day and give Lexington a saner, safer main street.

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