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MassDOT Formal_LogoMassDOT has announced that due to several recent improvements, there has been a sharp reduction in the number of traffic crashes at the interchange of Route 128 with Route 62 in Danvers.

MassDOT worked collaboratively for several months with elected and local officials, the Danvers Board of Selectman, law enforcement, and community members to increase safety throughout this interchange. In July, MassDOT instituted numerous improvements to this area in order to decrease crashes and address community concerns.

“Our highest priority is ensuring the safety of travelers on our roadways,” said Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin. “I would like to thank all those who played a role in crafting and implementing the changes that led to this important crash reduction, and I look forward to continuing to collaborate with key stakeholders regarding future improvements.”

Recent analysis by the Danvers Police Department indicates that in the months of July, August, and September, there were twelve crashes near the Route 128 and Route 62 interchange. In the previous six months, there was an average of approximately eleven crashes per month.

The improvements made this past July include:

  • Installing additional signs and pavement markings discouraging drivers from inadvertently blocking the intersection
  • Modifying the signal equipment and timing/phasing to implement fully protected left turn phasing on Route 62 East at the Route 128 North on-ramp.
  • Modifying the signal equipment and timing/phasing to implement Flashing Yellow Arrow operation during the permissive phase for the left turn on Route 62 West at the Route 128 South on-ramp.
  • Relocating an existing overhead signal mast arm at the intersection of Route 62 with the Route 128 North ramps to reduce the potential for driver confusion.

MassDOT is continuing to engage the community and evaluate options for reducing congestion and ensuring that drivers have safe and smooth travel throughout this important interchange.

“I want to thank MassDOT for being responsive to Danvers officials and to the many motorists who travel this roadway,” said State Senator Joan B. Lovely. “I would also like to thank officials from the Town of Danvers and the Board of Selectmen for their thoroughness in working to resolve the congestion and safety issues at the interchange. With these improvements, we hope the intersection will be safer and more user friendly.

“Everyone involved from MassDOT Highway District Four Director Paul Stedman and his staff, to Danvers Department of Public Works Director Dave Lane, Police Chief Patrick Ambrose and Captain Lovell deserves huge pats on the back for working so well together over the past months to make a very dangerous situation much safer,” said State Representative Theodore C. Speliotis. “I look forward to continuing to work with them to reduce the overcrowding and congestion motorists now encounter at all hours of the day.”

“The Danvers Board of Selectmen is pleased with the results of MassDOT placing a red arrow at the 128N ramp and the flashing yellow arrow at the 128S ramp,” said Danvers Board of Selectmen Chair Diane Langlais. “The reduction in crashes, as reported by the Danvers Police Department, is considerable. The next step is to deal with congestion. The Board is grateful that the DOT has agreed to submit suggestions and to continue working with the Town of Danvers.”

 

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