Mary Jane Hanron, Marshfield Mariner, July 18 – 24, 2012
The Route 139 widening project continues to advance and is showing signs of identifiable progress. The Mariner recently spoke with Marshfield safety officer Kevin Feyler who answered several of the frequently asked questions of residents and motorists about the road work.
What is the latest information significant to Marshfield drivers on the project?
Starting the week of July 16th work will begin to install curbing for sidewalks along the route. This will mean the removal of barrels will take place shortly making it wiser for cars to maneuver turns along the roadway.
Why have the barrels been there?
Regulations require construction projects like this one to maintain a safe area for pedestrians at all times. The barrels have been a way the workers have marked the walkway to keep pedestrians safe and make drivers aware of the work being done.
What effect has the barrel placement had on traffic?
Marshfield always has increased traffic during the summer months so as the volume of traffic has combined with the construction work backups and delays have occurred frequently along the route. Most commonly this happens during weekday commuting hours, any weekend or holiday, or on a good beach day and many people visit the town.
Are there particular circumstances when there have been challenging situations?
Most of the issues occur when there is increased traffic and cars want to turn into a side street or business parking lot. In addition to making the road narrower, the barrels have made turns difficult to maneuver and cars behind those turning unable to get around to keep the flow of traffic moving. The situation has been a temporary but necessary one.
Anything else drivers should be aware of on Route 139?
People need to realize maneuvering this area will require patience, especially for the next week or two. People returning to the town for summer vacation may be becoming aware of the project for the first time. Even after the barrels are removed and curbing for sidewalks is installed motorists should allow extra time and be alert to pedestrians in the area.
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