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Why is North Reading Able to Build Sidewalks on a State Road?

A reader would like to know why North Reading is able to build sidewalks on a state road, but not paint crosswalks.

Welcome to You Ask... Patch Answers where we answer readers questions. We recently received questions about the new sidewalks on Main Street. Patch readers want to know why the town is able to build sidewalks, but not paint crosswalks on state roads. Here's your answer. 

The town is not able to paint crosswalks on state roads such as Route 28 because they need, and do not have, permission from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to do so. They did, however, have permission to build the sidewalk, according to the  Richard Carnevale.

"We work with the Mass DOT re in their right of way but off of the roadway, however we do not have MassDOT authorization to install street marking such as crosswalks, etc. on a major roadway surface (such as Route 28/ Main Street)," Carnevale said.

He went on to say that the MassDOT "right of way" is considered to be the land from the back of the sidewalk on one side of the street to the back of the sidewalk on the other side. Although the MassDOT maintains the road and its traffic lights, sidewalks and crosswalks, funds for repairs or additions are extremely limited. 

North Reading worked with the MassDOT before Carnavale secured his current position and the installation of the sidewalks was approved. Also before he came on board, the funds for the sidewalks were appropriated at Town Meeting, he said.

The Sig September 12, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Reading: Why is it our water bills are so high? Who is responsible for this? How do you get relief other than trying to use less? Again our elected officials doing their best.
peter lucci September 12, 2012 at 12:31 PM
I would suggest that you contact Joe Veno when it comes to Reading's water bills. He claims that the average water bill exceeds $3000 annually, although Reading's Assistant Town Manager informs us all that the average annual bill is in the $1400 range. Joe still insists that he is correct, not the Town. Go figure.
Emily M September 12, 2012 at 12:38 PM
I think it's partly because we are charged the exact same rate for sewer as we are for water, whereas other towns are not.
Emily M September 12, 2012 at 12:38 PM
the 'average water bill' probably exceeds 3K annually if you are running Coco Key in your backyard
JIM September 12, 2012 at 01:44 PM
What do Sidewalks and Crosswalks in North Reading have to do with Readings water bills?
JIM September 12, 2012 at 01:48 PM
So are Mr. Carnevale and the NR Selectmen going to get permission from Mass DOT to paint Crosswalks on Main St. to alleviate this dangerous condition and possibly prevent future injury and or deaths ?
JIM September 12, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Thank You Ashley for this article maybe now someone will try to fix this problem
Ashley Troutman September 12, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Here is an article we posted earlier in the year about water rates: http://patch.com/A-t1ww

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