When my wife and I were looking for a new home, it was Newtown’s stunning flagpole intersection that sparked our love affair with the town. There is something so powerful about it, the strength and values “for which it stands” being very comforting. I think many who live here, and many who don’t, may feel similarly. So, although its location causes trouble for motorists, I think it should be preserved in place, if at all possible. Here are some ideas to that end:
When I read The Bee this weekend I was compelled to write about this ridiculous waste of money and I quote “the study’s price is $17,900, plus related costs” for what? To reach the same old conclusions the previous studies have yielded since 2000!
Try to turn left at the flagpole. Drive by the high school on your way to work. Try to turn into traffic from any of the businesses near Exit 10. Suddenly, in this fast and distracted world, you will experience that rarest of luxuries: time to just sit and think. This is about the nicest thing we can say about traffic congestion in Newtown.
The Police Commission has scheduled a special meeting for next week to discuss the traffic safety issues that exist at the flagpole intersection of Main Street, Church Hill Road, and West Street. The Police Commission is the local traffic authority.
The meeting is slated for 7 pm on Tuesday, March 24, at Town Hall South at 3 Main Street.