Letter: Bad Holmes Road intersection needs signal
To the editor:
On Oct. 2, a motor vehicle accident occurred in the vicinity of Holmes and Chapman roads in Pittsfield — the eighth in that area since January 2017. A pickup truck slammed into a utility pole. Other accidents at this location might have occurred when I was away from home, because I often find debris from accidents in my front yard.
The Eagle has reported accidents at other locations on Holmes Road. Several accidents have resulted in injuries to drivers or passengers.
The high speed of vehicles traveling Holmes Road contributes to these accidents. The speed limit in the area is 35 mph. Many vehicles travel 45 to 55 mph or faster on Holmes Road.
Last year, I wrote to Mayor Tyer and Ward 4 Councilor Chris Connell alerting them to the dangers on Holmes Road, a residential street. In addition to vehicle traffic, it is used by pedestrians and bicyclists. During the school year, school buses pick up and discharge students along Holmes Road. Neither Mayor Tyer nor Mr. Connell responded to my letter.
Does a fatality need to occur on Holmes Road before our city's leaders focus on its dangers? I hope not. The safety of area residents would be improved by replacing the flashing light at Holmes and Chapman roads with a full signal. In addition, the city should consider photo enforcement of the speed limit along Holmes Road.
I encourage voters in the coming city election to vote for candidates who will focus on the safety of residents rather than ignoring the dangers of vehicles traveling through the city at high speeds.
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