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New Stop Signs a Go for Five Crossroads in Leominster

September 13, 2018

LEOMINSTER -- Several of the city’s busier intersections are expected to have stop signs installed for the very first time next month.

Five signs spread throughout the Leominster’s Ward 3 will be installed thanks a recent vote of the City Council. The signs will be located at the intersections of Sawtelle Road and Central Street, Litchfield and Lancaster streets, Tocci and Central streets, Columbus and Litchfield streets, and the intersection of Columbus and Ruth streets.

According to Ward 3 City Councilor David Cormier, stop signs had not originally been needed due to low traffic volume when the streets were first populated, but the growing number of residents, businesses, and travel necessitated the new signage.

“Some of these streets are very old but that end of town up until about 20 years ago was a lot more rural than it is today and I guess this is just something that never got done,” he said. “A lot of those places are seeing a lot more cars and are not quiet streets any more.”

Cormier also said that he has heard reports of traffic accidents at some of the intersections in recent months, which had also motivated him to look into adding the signs.

The City Council voted unanimously in favor of adding all five stop signs Monday and Cormier said he expects they will be installed at the beginning of October.

“At this point, I have 20 or so more locations in my ward where there isn’t a sign and we might want to add one, but we’ve pretty much gotten to the point where all the major streets should have them,” he said. “The rest are more cul-de-sacs or intersections with smaller streets.”

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