We heard from several Swellesley readers in the wake of our post about about a couple of bad accidents on Rte. 9 in Wellesley — these readers are worried that a big new electrical box/traffic control box at the under-construction Kingsbury Street/Rte. 9 intersection could cause more mishaps.
More specifically, they’re referring to a big gray box that blocks the view of drivers looking to make a westbound U-turn on Rte. 9.
“The new transformer box completely blocks oncoming traffic, making it crazy hard to see if it’s safe to pull into the fast lane,” wrote Swellesley reader MW.
Others weighed in on Facebook about this intersection, noting that if you’re not high up in an SUV, or not just plain tall, you’ll have a hard time seeing oncoming traffic around this box.
Christopher Mirick, who shared the accompany photos with us, wrote: “[The new electrical box] is terribly placed and ver dangerous — greatly diminishes the ability to see oncoming traffic.” Mirick also wrote to the Wellesley Police about the situation, and they told him that the state’s Department of Transportation, which is running the project, “is aware of your concerns. Once the new traffic lights become operational on Thursday, Dec. 21, the line of sight of issue will no longer be an issue since the intersection will be controlled.”
While that should be an improvement, concerns remain that the intersection will still be more dangerous than it needs to be, especially if the lights stop working for any reason. “With all due respect to Mass DOT, given all the space available this was probably the worst possible placement, and should never have been approved. Fingers crossed it doesn’t become an issue,” Mirick says.