I was thrown for a bit of a loop this week when I went to turn right from under the railroad bridge at Bacon St. on to Rte. 135 west near Wellesley College and found that there was no longer a second lane there like there was last week.
Upon closer inspection (and after getting email from a reader about the change…he wasn’t happy about the traffic ramifications), I noticed that indeed freshly painted lane stripes had reduced the former two-lane stretch into a single lane. Friday I saw that dedicated turning lanes had also been painted along the Rte. 135 stretch between Weston Rd. and Bacon St.
The changes to this state-owned segment of roadway were initially requested by Wellesley College, which hired a traffic consultant to examine the stretch of roadway to improve safety/traffic flow. The town, on the college’s behalf, requested changes to the state’s Department of Transportation since the stretch of roadway is state-owned. “In 2009 MassDOT reviewed and analyzed the crash data that the Wellesley Police Department provided and decided to modify the pavement markings on Central Street to provide one through lane in each direction except at the intersections. Last week it was re-striped by DOT crews,” according to Helmut Ernst, a district highway director for the state’s highway division.