May 6, 2004

New Speen St.-Mall Connector Road Proposed

"[Natick] town consultant Ken Ho and mall consultant Scott Weiss said a new, two-lane road connecting Speen Street to interior mall roads would be the best bet," the MetroWest Daily News reports from a public hearing last night on the proposed Natick Mall expansion.

Wouldn't it be nice if that road were actually built with pedestrians in mind -- not just installing a sidewalk no one would ever want to use unless their car broke down, but one with an attractive green buffer between walkers and whizzing traffic? So the many office workers on Speen Street could stroll to the mall when the weather was nice?

The consultants did agree that "a proposed access road off Speen Street that would link to a section of the Cochituate Rail Trail needs a traffic signal to ensure a safe crossing."

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