Oppose the 3A 'Road Diet' Pilot Program
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The 3A Road Diet program in Hingham and Hull greatly affects the traffic flow on George Washington Boulevard, the main route into and out of Hull. We have few other options, thus delays on this road caused by the Road Diet greatly impact our community.
We would like to voice our concerns about the negative impacts of this Road Diet on our town.
The volume of traffic in the sections targeted by this Road Diet is enormous, especially during summer weekends (MPO's study notes a '45-to-85 percent increase' from normal weekday volumes because of the traffic surrounding Nantasket Beach). Shearing the areas on Summer St. and Rockland St. from four lanes to two only worsens the existing congestion on these roadways.
This hurts Hull commuters, Hull residents, and Hull visitors.
We are concerned that this may impact Hull's tourism (an important aspect of Hull's economy), and we are also worried about the danger of emergency vehicles getting stuck behind traffic that is tightly corralled with no room to pull over.
We hear your concerns about pedestrian safety and speeding, and we support your goals of alleviating these issues; we simply argue that there must be a way to address these issues that does not inordinately strain the Hull community.
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