Concord/Barberry/Cotting Traffic Study

Concord/Barberry/Cotting Traffic Study

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Citizens of Five Fields and Neighbors started this petition to Town of Lexington

WE NEED THE TOWN OF LEXINGTON'S SUPPORT IN PROTECTING OUR PUBLIC SAFETY. 

We support the Cotting School's desire to add an improved gymnasium, but it must not be constructed at the expense of our Public Safety in Lexington.   Current  plans to manage traffic flow in and around Cotting (satellite image) are inadequate on grounds of safety, and the traffic study that was commissioned by Cotting does not sufficiently address those concerns. The current plan and study:

  •  do not adequately deal with van queuing; and
  • call for the creation of a two-way drive, 20-22 ft. wide, with an insufficient offset from Barberry Road that will increase the dangerousness of Concord Avenue in an area that already has had multiple car accidents. 

An independent traffic study by a third party traffic engineering firm selected by the Town (and paid for by Cotting) is needed to provide a comprehensive approach.  The study should provide an independent evaluation of the number of spaces needed, and should investigate how additional parking for the gym addition can be provided on the main campus as well as how van queuing can be minimized.

Locating additional parking on the Cotting School's main campus, contiguous to its use:

  • keeps traffic circulation internal to the campus; and
  • obviates the need to create a dangerous two-way drive, effectively a street, at the Right of Way at 497 Concord Avenue, offset only 37 feet from Barberry Road.

Hopefully with the Town’s support, a solution can be arrived at that is a win-win for Cotting, the Town and the neighborhood.

Under the Dover Amendment, the TOWN OF LEXINGTON HAS THE LEGAL AUTHORITY to require certain actions of the Cotting School to mitigate traffic concerns and enhance public safety, including adapting it’s land use plans, even if it is more costly, so long as the educational use the school wishes to pursue is not nullified.  

PLEASE USE YOUR AUTHORITY TO PROTECT OUR SAFETY.
We the undersigned respectfully request, for the reasons stated above, that the Town of Lexington require an independent traffic study by a third party traffic engineering firm selected by the Town, (and paid for by Cotting) to provide a comprehensive study as described above, before any final approval.

Signers--please do add your "reason for signing" when change.org gives you that opportunity.  Please sign by DECEMBER 16, 2019 if at all possible.

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