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Eden Board upset by DOT's refusal to lower speed limit Toll of fatal accidents prompts letter

The State Department of Transportation lowered the speed limit on North Boston Road in Boston but refuses to do the same for the section of the road in Eden, to the frustration of Eden Town Board members.

The board agreed Wednesday night to send another letter to the DOT, this time including data on the number of fatal accidents over the past 10 years.

"We would like it lowered, and the people who live on it would like it lowered. Isn't that reason enough?" said Councilman Edward Krycia Jr. "There have been a lot of fatalities."

The town was informed recently by James J. Barnack, regional traffic engineer, that no reduction in the 55-mph speed limit is needed.

He noted the DOT lowered the speed limit to 45 mph in Boston but said there are differences in condition and geometry of the road in the two towns.

On another matter, the board referred a request for a special-use permit for a dog boarding and grooming business to the building inspector and noted the site is too small and s would not be allowed under the zoning code. The Planning Board also opposes it.
James L. Gorecki wants to establish the business at 8595 East Eden Road.

Town Hall and the fire hall have been without a fire alarm system since a lightning strike in July, and the board declared an emergency to get a new one.

Supervisor Glenn R. Nellis said the Route 62 bridge over Eighteenmile Creek is likely to be one-lane for the rest of the fall. Michael Felschow, recently retired as a police officer, was rehired part time.


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