MassDOT to rebuild section of Route 2 in Charlemont to reduce speeding

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The Franklin County community of Charlemont has a problem with drivers who speed through town during the summer and fall seasons.

Wednesday, Town Administrator Peg Dean unveiled a plan having MassDOT rebuild a section of Route 2 to make drivers conform to the 30 mile an hour speed limit.

Dean told 22News, two hundred thousand cars pass through this town of twelve hundred. Drivers coming from New York state and Connecticut and even Canada.

James Sinclair, owner of the historic Avery’s General Store downtown said it’s really a serious traffic problem.

“We have businesses on both sides of Route 2,” said Sinclair. “So we have to go across the road 20 to 30 times a day. We find we have to wait for someone to actually stop and be courteous and let us cross the road.”

Town Administrator Peg Dean expects most of the major renovations to Route 2 through Charlemont to be completed in 2019.

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