Lexington Center Streetscape Project
Myths and Facts
Myth: Traffic signals will cause significant cut-through traffic in neighborhoods. Therefore, case closed.
Facts: Not so fast.
An independent traffic engineering firm was hired by the Town to study the impact of traffic signals on neighborhoods north and south of the Woburn St intersection. They found that:
- There is the potential for an increase in cut-through traffic.
- Drivers currently speed on Winthrop Rd and will continue to do so even after the intersection is changed and traffic lights installed.
- There are too many crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists happening at the bike path crossing on Woburn St. (Crash counts at the Woburn St intersection do not include crash counts at the bike path crossing.)
The engineers suggested a number of potential traffic mitigation measures, including:
- Limiting the amount of traffic signal “green” time for drivers crossing Woburn St to Winthrop Rd
- Additional signage
- Speed tables on the side streets
- Road closures/turn restrictions/time restrictions
- Curb extensions/chicanes
- Pedestrian accommodations
The Town will develop traffic mitigation plans with input from neighborhood residents. Mitigation funding will be incorporated into the Streetscape budget before this phase of the project comes before Town Meeting.