BURRILLVILLE – Residents hoping to see truck traffic eliminated on Lapham Farm Road will instead likely see new signage, and configuration changes at a busy intersection on the street, following a study of the area.
Town Councilor Stephen Rawson said that after examining the issue with input from police Col. Stephen Lynch, the Ordinance Subcommittee decided to recommend the more moderate changes and see if it solves traffic problems on the road before taking the more serious action.
“We’ve had traffic studies on a couple of occasions,” said Rawson. “I know some residents would like to have us limit truck traffic.”
“One of the things they discussed was making changes to the intersection of 100 and Lapham Farm Road, which has become a very busy intersection,” noted Councilor Raymond Trinque.
Rawson said the committee decided to instead look to add signage on the road, and change the road configuration at Lapham Farm Road and Route 100 see if it helps alleviate some of the problems. He said officials also asked one local business to limit the number of trucks they send out on the road.
“We asked them to go around,” he said.
Rawson said the committee also considered making changes to Jackson Schoolhouse Road in the area where Invenergy Thermal had proposed building a power plant.
“Due to the recent win we got on the power plant, we decided that that wasn’t something we should take up right now,” Rawson said.
At Rock Avenue and Eagle Peak Road, the committee did recommend reconfiguring the stops to make sight lines better for safety reasons, a change that Public Works Director Jeffrey McCormick said is currently underway.
“We got approval of the contractor that does the pavement markings,” said McCormick. “They’s been engaged and now it’s just a matter of scheduling.”
Councilor Donald Fox said that he was surprised that the exit to Garvey Ledges Lane, which sits near the intersection of Route 100 and Lapham Farm, never had a stop sign coming out of the development.
Town Manager Michael Wood said that although it is not a town roadway, “We’re in the process of doing it.”
Councilor Dennis Anderson said that speed is also a major problem in the area.
“People are hitting that at both directions at 45 miles per hour,” he said of the intersection. “You’ve gotta kinda sneak out around the corner and make sure nothing is flying by.”
Councilor voted unanimously to authorize the administration to contact state officials and start a dialog about speed and signage on the road.