To the the Traffic Signals Operation Engineer, Mayor Herring and the Barre Chief of Police: I have written privately twice since school began, but now it is time for an open letter.

Dear Public Servants:

I am writing today about the traffic light from South Main to Ayer Street. It often doesn't turn green during high traffic hours (when teachers arrive between 7:15 and 7:35 a.m., and when students arrive between 8 and 8:22 a.m.) causing a lot of illegal driving choices and near accidents. This light has been terrible for years, but it has gotten even worse.

This is a serious hazard that affects many drivers but especially, young drivers who are more likely to make impulsive decisions. At school, they can be penalized for not getting to school on time (removal from sports teams, career education at the Career Center, National Honor Society membership and other important activities), and they are willing to take risks to keep these important aspects of their lives.

It is their responsibility to get to school on time, and it is your responsibility to make sure the roads are operating as smoothly as possible, so that drivers are safe. People are cutting others off, taking illegal left turns when the light is red, speeding and running stop signs out of frustration and stress about getting to work or school on time, every day.

Please address this traffic concern.

Stefanie Seng


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I have waited through four light changes at that intersection. I questioned this issue myself and was told the camera controlling the left off South Main to access Ayer Street senses motion only. Just because a vehicle is sitting there does not mean it will be sensed.

I was told to stop short and roll forward to activate the camera's action to change the left arrow light.

I have not satisfied myself this actually does work consistently as yet, if at all. In any event it requires the vehicle at the head of the line to "move" so if you are not first in line good luck!.

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