ASHAWAY — People trying to cross Route 3, or Main Street, will soon be able to do it more safely using a new crosswalk.
The state Traffic Commission, which reviews traffic-control measures for the Department of Transportation, has approved plans for the crosswalk to be installed in front of Our Lady of Victory church, at 169 Main St.
Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy, D-Hopkinton and Westerly, said he had requested a traffic study of the area after speaking with the church pastor.
“This project was an initiative of mine after speaking with Father Michael Colello at Our Lady of Victory Church this past spring, and the project was approved by the state Traffic Commission during the first week of November,” he said.
Kennedy noted that Hopkinton Police Chief David Palmer had also supported his proposal.
“I put in a request for this with the state Traffic Commission and the Department of Transportation on May 22, 2017, and Chief Palmer provided support for the request in an email as well,” Kennedy said in a written message. “The state Traffic Commission did a traffic study of the area around OLV [Our Lady of Victory] in October as well as the area of Route 3 at the intersection of Route 216 earlier this summer, and recommended approval of the crosswalk.”
Kennedy noted that the project is intended to provide safety for visitors to Our Lady of Victory who park across from the church and are often faced with difficulty crossing the street due to vehicles traveling at a high rate of speed.
Hopkinton Town Council President Frank Landolfi said the crosswalk would make it safer for people to get from the church parking lot to Crandall Field as well. The field is the site of the annual holiday stroll and its popular fireworks display, as well as a children’s day camp in the summer. Visitors to events at Crandall Field often park at the church and walk across the street
“There are so many events that we have in Crandall Field, it’s certainly going to afford the folks a chance to possibly stop traffic, because it is a little tough to traverse that Route 3, even in the daylight,” he said. “It’s tough crossing the road when you’re parked across the street, so I think it’s a good thing.”
The DOT is awaiting funding to create a wheelchair-accessible curb for the project. The modification is required under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. The work is expected to begin next year.