DOT Unveils Plans To Improve Route 11 IntersectionsPosted: Updated:
There could be changes to a section of highway north of Watertown that has had many crashes over the years.
The state Department of Transportation held a public information meeting Thursday night to show the public plans to make the area safer where routes 11 and 37 meet in the town of Pamelia.
One option talked about at the meeting at the North Pole Fire Hall would change the traffic flow near Northern Glass.
"We are going to change the banking on the road and we think that will help with traffic staying in the right lane as they are southbound on Route 11," DOT engineer Robert Curtis said.
The DOT is going to entirely remove the banking on Route 11 southbound and change the bank so it's virtually nonexistent and then continue the banking to the left.
Meanwhile, there are two alternatives on the roads outside of Seaway Plaza, which include Mill and Leray streets.
The first would be to move the entrance to the Seaway Plaza toward the north end of the property and add a traffic light. The second would be to add a roundabout in front of the plaza.
"I did like what I saw tonight, the presentation on the rotary," Watertown resident William Dermady said. "Two of our kids are out on Cape Cod and the rotaries -- roundabout, whatever you want to call them -- they are all over out there in Massachusetts and what they do is they keep traffic moving all the time."
With the roundabout option, the entrance of the plaza would go into a rotary with Mill and Leray streets and Route 11 all emptying into it.
Curtis said that the rotary is likely to decrease the rate of serious accidents.
The project is expected to cost about $4.4 million and construction is set to begin in about two years.