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Burying Thorndike Street Defies Common Sense

September 5, 2018

It is encouraging to read (The Sun, Aug. 17) that the Lowell City Council has asked City Manager Donoghue to have the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) provide ”... a detailed presentation, justifying how filling in the Lord Overpass will be an improvement to the traffic congestion problems in the area.”

There are many of us who live and drive in Lowell who would be interested to learn the same thing.

Two relevant points to consider as we wait for the DPD’s response: The first is that, in the spring of 2017, the entire nine-member City Council voted in favor of the Lord Overpass reconfiguration plan. The other point is that, for several months during the planning stage, there were four options under consideration.

Three of those involved burying Thorndike Street, as is now planned; but the fourth left the present through traffic intact -- much as it is now, but wider, and with new signals to accommodate the traffic that will be generated by the Hamilton Canal Courthouse.

No one would dispute the need for those new traffic signals; but it is the plan to bury Thorndike Street that defies logic.

Whenever the DPD’s presentation and justification of this critically important issue is forthcoming, may we offer the City Council one helpful suggestion: Don’t get fooled again!

J.F. DACEY

Lowell

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