This would be a bold move…

This image is from the Northeastern University presentation of 2016. Among the suggestions is the construction of a rotary at 106 & North Main.

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This would indeed be a bold move on the part of Mansfield. It could go a long way in assurring traffic flow and is reported to offer far fewer collision points. Roundabouts enjoy proven science when it comes to the efficient movement of traffic as well as what is called “traffic calming” which I think we all can agree is needed at this location.

This is a major project that seems to have slipped off the radar of Mansfield’s infrastructure to-do list. The thing is though it is so very much connected to the list items now very much under discussion. (106 @ Highland,106 @ Central & 106 @ Copeland, the downtown area)

Rte 106 is what it is. It is a primary road which is crucial in supporting our town and it is a road that is under a lot of stress. Infrastructure is the municipal boogeyman but I for one say it’s time to be brave and confront it.

I applaud the DPW’s efforts in the current discussions on 106 and I especially thank them for recommending AGAINST turning Chauncey between Highland & Copeland into a stroad*.

Streets: The function of a street is to serve as a platform for building wealth. On a street, we’re attempting to grow the complex ecosystem that produces community wealth. In these environments, people (outside of their automobiles) are the indicator species of success. Successful streets are environments where humans, and human interaction, flourish.

Roads: In contrast, the function of a road is to connect productive places. You can think of a road as a refinement of the railroad — a road on rails — where people board in one place, depart in another and there is a high speed connection between the two.

Stroads: Stroads are a mash-up of these two types of paths. We like to call them “the futon of transportation” because, just as a futon is neither a particularly good bed nor a particularly good couch, a stroad is neither a particularly good road or a particularly good street.

Besides being a very dangerous environment (yes, it is ridiculously dangerous to mix high-speed, highway design geometry with pedestrians, bikers and turning traffic), they are enormously expensive to build and, ultimately, financially unproductive. Strong Towns. Org