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Why isn’t anything being done about Concord rotary?

December 13, 2009

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One of Massachusetts’ biggest embarrassments is the Route 2 rotary in Concord (“Growing pains,’’ Globe West, Sept. 9).

Every morning and afternoon the traffic is backed up two to three miles in all directions, making it one of the worst daily traffic nightmares within the state.

Commuters coming from as far away as Ashburnham, Fitchburg, Leominster, Shirley, Ayer, Westford, Groton, and Littleton all converge at the Route 2 rotary trying to get to their respective jobs in Boston, also from Route 128 and from the east to Interstate 495 west.

I realize there are other priorities in the state but one must raise the question why all the emphasis on the Sagamore bypass in Wareham for people who are using the bridge primarily for recreation, and after Oct. 1 the Sagamore traffic dwindles down to nothing.

Interestingly enough, I served in World War II in Europe under Patton’s Third Army. When we got to a river or a blown bridge or obstruction, we would call the Corps of Engineers and within 24 hours they had a Bailey bridge or a bar-joist steel bridge higher than what you would need at the Concord Rotary - enough for 80-ton tanks to go over.

I see in the Globe that they are using the Corps of Engineers to assist with the Sagamore bypass.

When you go up Route 2 west, Route 110, Route 2A, Interstate 495, they are rebuilding miles of highways under the new federal funding programs. Why aren’t they working on the Route 2 rotary?

One should raise the question - where are our state representatives and senators and town councilmen and women who represent these areas such as Acton, Littleton, Groton, Concord, and those of other surrounding towns affected by this problem?

F. James Gordon
Littleton