Tyngsboro faculty prices, issues with Lowell roads and extra

Tyngsboro faculty prices, issues with Lowell roads and extra

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Double-edged sword concerning Tyngsboro Center College

Tyngsborough residents have now acquired three nameless mailings concerning value overruns for our new center faculty. The primary two warned us of the implications of a price overrun; the third assured us the cash for the overrun wouldn’t come out of our property taxes.

The state of affairs is thus: a while in the past we, as a city, accredited the alternative of our outdated center faculty. To ensure that younger folks to obtain an excellent training, they will need to have the benefit of a contemporary facility through which their academics can maximize their instructional expertise. We knew on the time this development could be costly. And, given the present monetary ambiance in our nation, we might have been naive to assume the prices could be static. We’ve dedicated to the challenge, now we should end it, value overruns and all. We’re, nonetheless, equally naive if we expect the associated fee overruns is not going to come out our taxes…whether or not on the native or state ranges, somebody has to pay again this cash!

For us, the irony here’s a matter of priorities. On the one hand, we complain in regards to the elevated prices of giving our younger folks an excellent training, whereas, alternatively, we very cavalierly dish out $1.5 million to attempt to save an deserted, unimportant firetrap generally known as the Winslow College!

What era of scholars are we making an attempt to serve: the present one, or one from the previous? We’ll see a return on our cash with present college students. Put the previous to relaxation. The Winslow College is the true folly.

— Robert and Regina Provencher

Tyngsboro

Every part proper is flawed once more

A current Lowell Solar article detailed main upgrades deliberate for Route 110, additionally popularly generally known as the Lowell-Lawrence Boulevard. The 6.3-mile stretch between Lowell and Methuen hugs the Merrimack River’s north financial institution. Its flatness is conducive to speeds within the 40mph vary, whereas its curves adversely have an effect on visibility. This roadway has a protracted historical past of great automobile accidents. Its present configuration is a single, huge lane in every path, with a beneficiant shoulder on either side and a double strong line down the center.

These of us with a long time of native driving expertise will recall when Rte.110 ran for 2 lanes in every path, with minimal shoulders and a double middle line. It was infamous for its common prevalence of great accidents. The current lane configuration was meant to deal with that downside. The deliberate upgrades, in keeping with officers from MassDOT, will embrace elevated signage, resurfacing, rumble strips close to the middle strains to discourage autos from wandering over the strains. There shall be guard rails, buffer zones, shared-use bicycle and pedestrian pathways, sidewalks, and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Act.

Of explicit curiosity is a plan to slender the driving lanes in every path. In accordance with Bridget Myers, a consultant of Howard Stein Hudson, a transportation engineering agency employed by MassDOT, the journey lanes shall be diminished from 12 to 11 toes. When visitors lanes are slender, in keeping with Ms. Myers, visitors slows down as a result of it creates a much less snug atmosphere. “When you’ve gotten a wider house to go,” she mentioned, “vehicles are inclined to go quicker as a result of it’s extra snug. They’re not apprehensive about different vehicles.”

This assertion is attention-grabbing because it hearkens us again to the early days of the Route 38 widening challenge, a $4million-dollar boondoggle that expanded the width of decrease Nesmith Avenue between Andover and East Merrimack Streets. In a public listening to early within the course of, residents and abutters have been afforded a possibility to voice their questions and considerations — though all the main selections had already been made, and the general public listening to was, at finest, an inconvenient dog-and-pony present. An official from the Lowell Division of Planning and Improvement was requested if the deliberate widening of the 4 lanes from 9 toes to 11 toes would trigger visitors to drive quicker. This official stood on the microphone in his best go well with and haircut, and declared with a straight face that research have proven that widening the streets, with resurfacing and new striping, really causes folks to drive extra slowly. It took a mighty effort for the questioner — who occurred to be myself — to not reply with incredulity and sarcasm. However, that’s what the gentleman mentioned.

The challenge was completed, after all, with completely no enchancment, no diminishing of visitors quantity, congestion, or time spent ready within the queue. The one vital distinction to be famous with the brand new roadway is that, on these uncommon events when visitors is slack, vehicles now fly by at full freeway velocity. It’s like dwelling on the Southeast Expressway. However — wait a minute! We have been advised by an knowledgeable that visitors would decelerate when the lanes have been widened! How can this be? As somebody would reply on the previous Seinfeld collection: “Oh, it’s!”

Elsewhere in The Solar’s article was a reference that “vegetation could be trimmed” to enhance visibility for visitors coming into Rte. 110 from facet streets. Good luck to residents and abutters with that. On decrease Nesmith Avenue we misplaced 13 shade bushes in a two-block stretch, for the sake of a greater Lowell. However, what the heck — no less than, with out all that nuisance shade, we’ve got a greater view of the recent rods and bikes whizzing by.

So, yesterday we widen the lanes to decelerate the visitors, and tomorrow we are going to slender the lanes to decelerate visitors. Every part proper is flawed once more. The one certainty in all that is that, so long as folks get behind the wheel and persist on driving like fools, there shall be issues, points, and violent accidents. And our visitors engineers shall be saved busy arising with new options.

— J.F. Dacey

Lowell

An unbalanced article

I used to be stunned on the Related Press Article on Web page 5 of your Friday (Oct. 27) Version. It identifies the brand new Home Speaker, Mike Johnson, as an “election denier”, however Home Minority Chief Hakeem Jeffries, (D-NY), is talked about as affirming President Biden’s election in 2020. Not talked about is he was a 2016 election denier, which he was. This ought to be a goose/gander problem. And steadiness would anticipate it.

Additional, our US Consultant. Ms Lori Trahan, rapidly EMailed out a condemnation of Republicans for this complete Speaker imbroglio, after which proceeded to assault Mike Johnson. It seems that Ms Trahan isn’t any Willie Brown, or Joe Martin or Tip O’Neill. If she and some of her fellow Democrats had voted Current, Kevin McCarthy would nonetheless be Speaker. The identical with the nomination of Consultant Steve Scalise, who was nearly killed by rifleman Bernie Bro James Hodgkinson, again in 2017. If the Democrats had held again, he could be the Speaker. If Ms Trahan thinks Mr Johnson is a nasty alternative, she ought to fess as much as serving to give him to us. I do hope she was not an election denier again in 2016, earlier than she was elected to the Home.

— Cliff Krieger

Lowell

Re: Feds OK pure fuel pipeline enlargement in Pacific Northwest over environmentalist protests

How rapidly we neglect…

Sept. 13, 2015 was a day that ought to be seared into our minds in northeastern Massachusetts. That’s the day one younger life was extinguished and 80 properties and companies in Lawrence have been on hearth. Why? Pure Fuel. We aren’t the one area to be traumatized by pure fuel explosions.

Allow us to do not forget that not solely does “pure fuel” – methane – have the potential to blow up with excessive ferocity, however it’s also arguably the worst of the greenhouse gasses. The approval by federal regulators of an enlargement of a pipeline by means of the northwestern states offers me a nasty feeling of deja vu. When will the feds and the regulators begin to concentrate to frequent sense and take into consideration the security and way forward for our world quite than the earnings for fossil gas corporations?

— George Gaines

Boxford

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