Question of the Day: Easton's Infrastructure

What should be next on the list of infrastructure improvements?


Last night in the State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama proposed an investment in America's infrastructure by using savings achieved by winding down the wars in Iraq and Afganistan. Fixing existing roads and building a high speed rail project top Obama's list.

Here in Easton, town and state officials have begun the process of fixing infrastructure, including a , , , and . Not to mention, a proposed state infrastructure project that could send a

Still, as in all towns, there are roads that could use improvement, bridges that could be repaired and sidewalks that could be fixed.

What should be next on the list of infrastructure improvements?

Bill "The Swede" Anderson January 26, 2012 at 11:51 AM
The sidwalks in the village section, most nearly 100 years old, have not been maintained at all. The sections of sidewalk on Bridge Street and Baldwin Street are a hazard beyond belief. These are the sections of sidewalk we provide our senior citizens to get to and from their homes at Elise Circle and Parker Terrace. For years I've called, emailed and snail mailed the DPW and nothing ever happens. Ignoring this public safety concern and placing the well being of senior citizens in jeopardy is offensive beyond belief and proves a lack of accountability.
Joe Povoas January 26, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Bill is absolutely 200% right. the sidewalks on Bridge Street are hazardous especially for the senior citizens who walk to and from the senior housing on Baldwin Street. Mothers with carriages walk in the street as do the seniors rather than use the sidewalk. I was told last summer that these were going to be replaced. Maybe the new DPW director can recognize a safety hazard and finally get something done.
Sinclair January 27, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Easton Town Administrator David Colton said in the Boston globe on Thursday, Jan 26, "the village improvements will bring tremendous change to that area and make it a first class place to live." I think most people will agree that the historic "village" is already a charming area and a first class place to live. The coming changes are simply infrastructure improvements included with the restoration of a small historic industrial area already enhanced with the magnificent neighboring buildings designed by Henry Hobson Richardson. If one were not familiar with North Easton, Mr. Colton's description of "tremendous change" sounds like a long overdue urban renewal project slated to prevent a deteriorating neighberhood from further blight.
Diane E. Peterson January 29, 2012 at 11:25 AM
I hope the "Joyce" house is among this project, either tear it down or rehab it!
Bob Havey January 30, 2012 at 02:36 PM
How about FINISHING the things that have been started! Five Corners is a bigger mess now than it was before the 'improvements'. There are still poles in the middle of the road. There is still a green traffic light in the westbound left-turn lane that stays green - cars hesitate, wondering if they can go on green or if they have to wait for the green arrow. Some blow through it - some creep through - some stop [as they should] and people behind them lean on their horns wanting them to go. Going northbound on Bay Street there should be an arrow because it's impossible to make a left turn onto Foundry Street without almost getting broadsided - you can't see approaching cars because of cars in the southbound lane that are either going straight across the intersection or turning left in front of you. There's much more, but if you drive through that intersection you know exactly what I'm talking about. The weather has been the best anyone could hope for – a beautiful winter! Why isn't this project being worked on?


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