As many residents know, the area of West Main Street between Cumberland Farms and Alltown Fresh is one of the most dangerous in Hopkinton. The traffic pattern creates a perfect storm of problems: vehicles exiting I-495 at high speed and merging at the same point cars are exiting from the gas station.
Many drivers attempt to take a left turn out of Cumberland Farms, resulting in multiple accidents per week.
The map below shows the hottest spots in Hopkinton for motor vehicle accidents over the past 15 months. The areas in blue see the most collisions.
Today the Hopkinton Department of Public Works began construction on a set of dividers for that stretch of road. Each divider will contain plastic posts that are 3′ tall, stretching from the Starbucks all the way to the flashing beacon near the divider. The installation will ensure drivers exiting Cumberland Farms make a right turn only, and will prevent others from crossing traffic to turn in to the convenience store.
Work began today and is expected to be completed by Thursday, with delays due to the pending storm. This is welcome news to many Hopkinton residents.