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Which Roads Would You Like to See Repaved in Lexington?

Tell us where you would (or would not) like to see road work in town.

Road work is all around town, including the latest interruptions on Waltham Street heading in or out of Lexington Center.

But is the road you travel most being repaved, torn up or interrupted for some other reason?

The town lists the year's road repaving and reconstruction projects on its website, but we want to know what roads in town you think are most in need of repairs, repaving or overlay work. (Click here for the latest list of 2012 engineering construction projects.)

Are they county or state roads? Or local roads as you travel through the neighborhood? Share your ideas about which roads and why in the comment section below.

Diana Glass July 17, 2012 at 11:24 PM
There seems to be one spot on Waltham Street, just after the Marrett Road intersection heading into town, which isn't getting repaved or somehow renewed. It is between the Marrett intersection and the high school. It could also use a crosswalk as there is no sidewalk on east side of the street for local kids to get to the Marrett crosswalk. Kids from this side of the street have to either cross without a crosswalk or walk down the street (with no sidewalk) against traffic to cross over to pick up the sidewalk on the west side of the street.
Janellen27 July 18, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Good Lord! Numero Uno: CROSBY ROAD, which is the road that swings through Maria Hastings Schoolyard! The condition of that road has been deplorable for years! (And, the tacky portable classrooms don't make the property any more attractive, which is used to be.)
John Stayn July 18, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Mass Ave pavement in the commercial section of the center is a source of embarrassment, especially if one thinks about the desire of the Town to attract business. The Town not only needs to repave, it needs to raise its standards of quality in its paving projects and in its requirements for contractors repaving areas that are dug up.
Adam July 18, 2012 at 08:17 PM
My biggest complaints are Adams Street heading toward Burlington and Mass Ave through the town center. Both are on the list to be repaved this year, which is great, but I'm not sure why Adams wasn't repaved sooner. It's been in bad shape for years. Instead, the town repaved Worthen Road last year, which seemed premature. It had a few potholes, but no major deficiencies as far as I could tell. Then they went and used some weird sort of paint for the crosswalks, which discolored very quickly and started to peel off from the road surface. They recently had to go back, grind down the crosswalk markings and repaint them after less than a year! The bike lane chevrons are still a dingy gray from whatever discoloration occurred. Hopefully they won't use that type of paint in the future. My other gripes when it comes to road paving are (1) uneven patches following utility work and (2) manhole covers that are located in the lane such that your wheels have to pass right over them. I don't understand why this is so common around here, but it sure is annoying to have to slalom around manhole covers, e.g. on Bedford Street between Worthen and 128, or else suffer a bumpy ride. I grew up in another part of the country and don't recall roads there being like this.
Adam July 18, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Oh, and I should also mention...I don't understand why road repaving takes on the order of months to finish around here, with the road sitting in varying states of incompletion for weeks at a time (sometimes all the way down to bare dust & gravel). Given sufficient manpower, it's possible to complete these project much more quickly. Look at the intersection of Marrett Road and Waltham Street, which has been under construction for a year now and still isn't totally finished. Of course, part of that is due to work stopping completely during the "winter" even though the weather wasn't much of a factor this year.
Vicki Blier July 19, 2012 at 01:31 AM
I believe that asphalt factories close during the winter....so mild winter or not, no asphalt, no repaving. Speaking as a lifelong curmudgeon, I have learned that there's usually an explanation that makes sense. For example: Sometimes very bad roads are not repaved before less-bad roads because there is an anticipated need to tear up that bad road for gas line replacement or drainage upgrade, or sewer replacement or water pipe relining. Obviously it serves the town to wait until the underground work is done before spending big bucks to rebuild or repave the street. Sometimes roads that don't look as bad as some others are re-done first because they are contiguous with roads that are in need, and it is more cost-effective to repave the road in a group with surrounding roads. Call me silly, but I have faith in the professional capabilities of our town engineering staff.
Ed July 19, 2012 at 01:35 AM
I would rather the town address the need for stop signs. Where I live there are two intersections that scream for one. Someday there will be an accident.
Euonymus Veeblefetzer July 19, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Tower Road
diane July 19, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I totally agree with Janellen27. Also, Deering Ave needs to be repaved. It has been in such a bad shape. It is a pain to have to drive through the big holes, your car gets bumped up and down.
Wayne Wisner July 19, 2012 at 04:22 PM
As a resident of Adams street, I would like to see speed bumps instead of repaving !
Patrick Ball (Editor) July 19, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Getting some interesting answers here. Keep them coming!
Janellen27 July 19, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Think things through! Trust me. You won't want speed bumps on Adams Street. Every dump track tailgate, every Landscaping trailer w/rakes & shovels, every vehicle squealing to a stop, rattling like hell going over the bump and the sound of each vehicle excellerating again . . . Besides, that's a road connecting two towns, heavily trafficked. Speed bumps not appropriate.
Janellen27 July 19, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Ed, it need not be an "either/or" situation. Why not "both"! This thread is about which roads need to be redone. Signage, if it's an issue. should be another thread.
Janellen27 July 19, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Hasn't Tower Road needed repaving since about . . . . 1950?
Janellen27 July 21, 2012 at 01:10 AM
diane: You're absolutely right! The last time I was up Deering Road, I thought maybe they had entered a Third World Country! Why is it that road has been so badly neglected, anyway?
Jenn Marten September 11, 2012 at 01:01 PM
What about Marrett between spring street and the Marrett/Lincoln intersection? Due to a poor job of paving after a sewer/gas line repair, when you drive heading west down that part of the road, it feels like your car is leaning to the right too much and that you are driving right into a ditch. It is AWFUL and I have noticed a great deal more drivers are trying to avoid the "leaning aspect" by driving over the double yellow lines.....an accident waiting to happen!!!!


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