NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. — Northborough drivers may begin to see some improvement at one of the town's most dangerous intersections.
Northborough Police Chief Mark Leahy wrote a letter to the state's Department of Transportation (MassDOT) at the end of August to request help improving the safety of the intersection of routes 9 and 20. Explaining that the interchange had seen 81 accidents in the first half of 2012 alone, Leahy suggested several fixes, including the construction of an acceleration ramp leading onto Route 9 West.
This week, Leahy said that he was "pleased with the response so far."
"They're looking at some short-term solutions," he said, including better signage that will alert drivers of the stop sign at the top of the on-ramp from Route 20 to Route 9 West.
In addition, Leahy said, engineers from MassDOT will conduct a safety audit of the interchange in October.
Leahy, who said he advises his family against using the "outdated" interchange, reiterated the importance of improvements. Since 2010, he said, "we're up 266 percent in accidents."
"That's just unacceptable," he added.