Proposed changes to Burrillville highway

By: Melissa Toupin

Electronic traffic signs are up along Route 102, Broncos Highway, in Burrillville. Police in the town are stepping up enforcement following three separate, but serious, crashes along the corridor. In two of those cases people were killed. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has made a proposal for changes on the highway.

The first incident in the string of crashes claimed the life of a Providence woman. The second killed two teenagers. Police say the first two crashes could have been prevented. Both were caused by human error. The third occurred July 15th when a vehicle was struck by a driver who was cited for running a red light at Route 102 and East Ave. That crash sent a grandmother and one-year-old to the hospital.

Since the crashes Burrillville Police have focused on traffic safety enforcement. In seven days they issued 126 citations for violations including speeding, texting, and not wearing a seatbelt.

RIDOT has conducted their own Road Safety Assessment (RSA) for the area. Officials are suggesting increasing the space between the opposing travel lands and reducing the shoulder widths along several sections of Broncos Hwy.

RIDOT is also looking into installing rumble strips in the center median and the shoulder. In additional officials are investigating updating existing traffic signals.

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