Town to Reassess Washington Street Traffic Loop
Backups, delays getting worse due to new Whole Foods, according to Larsen.
The town will be looking into a “complete reassessment of the whole traffic loop” on Washington Street.
Hans Larsen, executive director of general government, said during Monday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting, that he has heard complaints of increased traffic and delays on Washington Street in recent weeks.
Kien Ho, the town’s consulting traffic engineer, will conduct a study of Wellesley's main road, Larsen said.
“With all the minor adjustments we’ve made, the time has come for us to step back and take a more holistic look at the overall workings of the entire system,” he said.
The new Whole Foods, which opened in late August at 442 Washington St., is at least partially responsible for the delays due to the “ripple effect” caused by stop light changes at the corner of Washington and State streets, according to Larsen.
Traffic is also slowed in the Lower Falls area during the day due to changes caused by the construction of Waterstone at Wellesley located at 27 Washington St.
Larsen said the town’s engineers will file a proposal for the study within two weeks.