Stockbridge residents ‘walkabout’ researches roundabout

STOCKBRIDGE — Wednesday morning was marked by steady snowfall and freezing temperatures, but it wasn’t enough to prevent residents from attending a walk down Main Street to learn about a new traffic plan.

Residents made the trek from Town Hall down to the fire station to meet up with the select board and traffic engineer Juliet Locke of Vanasse Hangen Brustlin (VHB), who presented the new traffic plan to the select board on Oct. 9. Also in attendance was Chief of Police Darrell Fennelly who served as an escort due to the large turnout. About  20 residents trudged through the snow down to the intersection at the Red Lion Inn.

Beginning at the intersection at the fire station, Locke discussed the problems and solutions found by the traffic study.

At the intersection by the Red Lion Inn, Locke discussed the proposed roundabout and how it would alleviate traffic issues.

Not all residents were keen on solving traffic woes with a roundabout. Resident Judith Abdalla, who owns a home near the intersection, expressed discontent about the roundabout going in so close to her home.

“If you think that I’m going to look out at a rotary, you’re out of your mind. My home will be worth nothing,” Abdalla said. “My property will be worth nothing.”

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