City officials will ask the state Department of Transportation for help regulating traffic entering and exiting Broadway near the Interstate 495 exit ramps.
The problem, city councilors agree, is the lack of identifiable travel lanes on Monument Street where it meets Broadway, and on Broadway where motorists turn onto Carleton Street.
City Councilor Joseph J.Bevilacqua pointed out that drivers have the option to go in any of three directions when leaving Monument Street at Broadway: left toward Carleton Street, straight across onto the I-495 onramp, and right onto Broadway toward Methuen and Salem, N.H.
However, the pattern is for two lines of traffic to wait at the light, Bevilacqua said.
“What I want to know is, is there enough width to create three travel lanes,” Bevilacqua asked. “And if not, could we recommend that one lane have double arrows,” to indicate which lane cars planning to go straight across should use?
Last month, members of the city’s Traffic and Safety Committee asked city engineer John Pettis to seek advice from the state transportation department about creating two distinct lanes on Broadway to control traffic turning onto Carleton Street.
Councilors decided to ask Pettis to add the inquiry about the three-lane solution on Monument Street to his letter to the DOT.