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How Does Lord Overpass Fix Clear the Traffic?

August 2, 2018

In a recent Sun article about Lowell’s multiple traffic problems and the plans to fix them, no one was asking and no one was answering.

The plan with the greatest impact is the reconfiguration of the Lord Overpass. Are Lowell residents and motorists truly aware of the full ramifications of what is going to happen here? Do they understand that those entire divided expressway sections that carry inbound and outbound traffic under the Lord Overpass are going to be buried? Thorndike Street as we now know it, from the train depot entrance to the merge with Dutton Street, is going to be completely gone!

All those thousands of vehicles are going to be diverted up onto the existing Lord Overpass, where they will slog through jammed intersections in the company of thousands of other vehicles already on the overpass trying to get through.

We have been offered sugar-frosted assurances, delivered in confident tones, that the overpass is going to be completely redesigned. We’ll have additional lanes and it will be pedestrian-friendly. Carpooling will be “encouraged.” But no matter how much honey mustard we pile onto this luncheon loaf, the basic, bald, fact remaining is that the problems of this overburdened, 60-year-old traffic rotary are to be solved by dumping some 30,000 more vehicles onto it every day.

Ironically, if Thorndike Street had been buried in this fashion back in 1959, we could rightfully praise that plan as visionary genius! Such, however, is not our good fortune at this time. All we can do now is wait, and hope that a light bulb will switch on in the head of someone in responsible authority, and that person will decide to ask and actually confront the question:

“What about the traffic?”

J.F. DACEY

Lowell

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