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Concord makes small improvements to Thorndike and South State intersection

The intersection of Thorndike and South State streets now has a highly reflective stop sign and freshly painted crosswalks. But no other changes are planned for the Concord intersection, where there were four crashes in May.

After a series of crashes and a petition that residents submitted to the city council, the city’s traffic operations committee studied potential changes to the intersection. In a report to the mayor and city council, Traffic Engineer Rob Mack said officials considered other changes, including a one-way Thorndike Street, a four-way stop sign or reduced parking along South State Street. He wrote that installing better signs and trimming vegetation on Thorndike Street was the best way to respond to the recent crashes.

“Staff will continue to monitor traffic operation and safety at the intersection to ascertain the effectiveness of the measures,” Mack wrote in the report.

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