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Sharon considers speed humps

SHARON — Responding to a petition from Hilltop Road residents along with years of study and public discussion, the Board of Selectmen at its meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 9, unanimously recommended installing speed humps to slow traffic along the long incline of that short road.

Action on the recommendation is contingent upon budget approval.

Hilltop Road often serves as a convenient shortcut connector for traffic between Routes 4 and 41, allowing vehicles to pass between the two state highways without using the main street that parallels Hilltop Road. Most residents living along the street indicate that they do not need less traffic volume, but they do ask that the vehicles observe the speed limit.

Flashing speed control signs have also proven useful where they are placed in town. Those presently in use were provided by the state, noted First Selectman Brent Colley. Colley suggested that the town could look into the cost of buying more such signs.

An alternative idea of installing rumble strips might not work, given the composition of the road’s surface pavement, according to Colley. Selectman Casey Flanagan said that he would not recommend anything until the budget process starts.

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