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Walnut Street Traffic Lights Expected To Be Activated Today

Traffic lights were set up several months ago. State DPW expected to activate them on Thursday. Motorists advised to pay attention to new traffic patterns as well there.

The long-awaited traffic lights on Walnut Street are expected to be be activated on Thursday, according to an announcement from the Lynnfield Police Department.

The lights were set up near the entrance to the Market Street at Lynnfield project in anticipation of the traffic changes the project is expected to bring when its first tenants open up next year.

"Please use caution when driving through this area and pay attention to the traffic patterns that will change with the activation of the lights," the Lynnfield Police Department requested of area residents in a statement this week. "Also, pay close attention to pedestrians and crosswalk locations that have changed with the newly painted lanes. The change will initially create confusion to some. Therefore, please drive slowly through the area in an effort to keep Lynnfield safe for motorists and pedestrians alike."

dinyce peters June 28, 2012 at 02:38 PM
IT IS MY HOPE IN THE HIGHEST DEGREE AND GREATEST EXTENT THAT ALL AUTOMOBILES COMING ONTO WALNUT STREET FROM THE 128 NORTH EXIT WILL CEASE TO BLOCK THE RIGHT SIDE ENTRANCE ONTO SALEM STREET!!! THIS DELIBERATE, BLATANT AND RUDE BEHAVIOR IS MOST UNACCEPTABLE AND CAUSES FURTHER FRUSTRATION FOR ALL OF THOSE ATTEMPTING THAT TURN. FURTHERMORE, THE MOTORISTS ARE FORCED TO WAIT ON A RED LIGHT THAT IS NOT INTENDED FOR THAT RIGHT TURN. THAT SILLY LITTLE SIGN THAT READS "DO NOT BLOCK", IS LAUGHABLE. WITH MARKET STREET OCCUPIED AND AS RUSH HOUR ENSUES, THE LIKELYHOOD OF ROAD RAGE IS A REALITY FOR WHAT WAS ONCE "LOVELY, LITTLE LYNNFIELD". Yes, more and more police and fire and EMT's will be needed. Our college bound students should reconsider and opt for civil service positions in their own home town. It'll be less expensive than college loans and i'm certain the pay with overtime will meet all expectations.
Don June 28, 2012 at 04:21 PM
It will be much worse.
Steven K. Johnian June 28, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Traffic at Salem Street is already worse. The widening of the intersection should have improved traffic flow volume. But no traffic engineering was employed to properly time the lights. Salem Street is backed up for multiple light cycles in the morning now. The new lights will probably not be timed for smooth traffic flow. So be prepared if you're coming down Walnut to hit three sets of lights and wait for all of them to turn green.
William Laforme (Editor) June 28, 2012 at 10:34 PM
I tend to drive through that area at different hours but next week plan to run a poll asking residents whether it has affected their driving experience either negatively or positively. Waiting a few days should also give more people a chance to form an opinion and check it out for themselves.
dinyce peters June 29, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Yup Don, you are right. Just went by there and it is indeed worse.
Frank Sawin June 30, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Have only experienced the new lights a couple of times. My first impression is that some drivers are blatantly ignoring them. Seems like an opportunity for Lynnfield's Finest to generate a new revenue stream. I hope they do, this intersection is a monkey mess.

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