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Portland Considers Redesigning Dangerous Intersection Near the University of Southern Maine

433203_traffic_light sxchu username brokenarts.jpgThe Portland City Council is reportedly considering changes to a congested and troublesome intersection near the University of Southern Maine. The Council’s Transportation, Sustainability, and Energy Committee is scheduled to provide feedback regarding a proposed reconfiguration of the six-way intersection of Falmouth Street, Brighton Avenue, and Deering Avenue, as well as review proposed new signs that would guide motorists through the area.

The intersection at issue connects two arterial roadways with another street that purportedly carries a great deal of traffic to the university. According to officials, the intersection is troubling as drivers are often left stranded in long traffic lines or blocking the intersection when traffic lights change. In addition, traffic snarls are reportedly exacerbated when the area’s many pedestrians attempt to cross at the location. Portland officials stated the intersection has a 17 percent higher collision rate than others with a similar level of motor vehicle traffic. In addition, the Maine Department of Transportation has designated the intersection a “high-accident location.”

In 2012, the city began evaluating options to redesign the allegedly dangerous intersection using funds from the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System. One of the concepts reportedly being considered would place a roundabout in the intersection. The other would purportedly add another traffic signal. Both proposals would allegedly eliminate a section of Brighton Avenue between Bedford and Falmouth Streets. Portland city planners have reportedly recommended installing the roundabouts, but the opinion of area citizens is allegedly mixed. Although the university has reportedly promised to provide $250,000 of the nearly $1.5 million in funds needed for intersection improvements, University of Southern Maine Public Affairs Executive Director Bob Caswell stated the school is in favor of any solution that may be approved.

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Portland committee to tackle ‘high-accident’ six-way intersection near university, by William Hall, Bangor Daily News

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