Neighbors decry Kendall Square

"It's hard enough to get out of Colonial Acres now ... and with increased building it will be even more difficult," said resident Joan Travis.

The intersection of Feura Bush Road and Elsmere Avenue has a DOT rating of "F," but town Director of Economic Development and Planning Michael Morelli said this rating applies only to the peak evening rush of traffic, and the intersection works fine at other times.

"There is some buildup of traffic there; there's no question about it," he said. "The DOT is satisfied with this proposal."

The Kendall Square plans call for creating three exit/entrance points on Feura Bush and Elsmere to keep travelers away from the intersection.

"The majority of the trips generated by this project will not pass through that intersection," said project engineer Francis Bossolini.

Morelli outlined the town's plans for road development in the Glenmont area at the meeting. The plan all along has been to use development to connect roads in the area, he said, creating more local traffic options and also making north/south, east/west connections in an Elsmere Avenue extension and the completion of Kimmey Drive.

"The idea is interconnected neighborhoods," Morelli said.

Planning Boar Chairman George Leveille pointed out road development is an expensive burden to put on taxpayers.

"We have to look towards the development process to pay for some of these improvements," he said.

The town's traffic plan also makes allowances for the development of sidewalks, with the goal of letting nearby residents walk or bike to services at places like Kendall Square.

But many neighbors said on Tuesday it was pointless to put commercial space in the middle of a residential area, and said they would continue to travel to Route 9W and not patronize any business at Kendall Square.

"Why on earth would you go to some little place here rather than where you need to go for your gasoline, your groceries, whatever?" said resident Mary Richards.

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