Weekly Question: Are You Worried About Town Center Traffic?

With the first stores opening soon (ie. tomorrow) and new traffic restrictions taking effect, we're wondering how confident you are in the traffic situation in central Wayland.

Stop & Shop will open its doors to customers at Wayland Town Center bright and early Friday morning, just in time for the Thanksgiving shopping crowd.

Throughout the past several months, you've no doubt noticed the many changes to the roads and intersections surrounding Wayland Town Center. Beginning Friday, not only will the roads have changed, but so will rules drivers will be following.

Town Administrator Fred Turkington reminded residents on Wednesday of several new traffic guidelines designed to protect the neighbors of Wayland Town Center from cut-through traffic. You can read the full list of guidelines here.

We want to know how you feel about these new guidelines and your expectations for traffic related to Wayland Town Center overall.

Tell Us in the Comments: Are you confident that the wider roads, new traffic lights and new traffic pattern rules will keep Wayland Town Center traffic in check? Do you have any specific concerns related to traffic heading to and from Wayland Town Center?

Michelle Meltzer November 15, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Feeling a little nervous being a merchant (Michelle's Jewelry Boutique) on rte 20...but honestly any change is nerve wracking and the town needs this jolt of juice. for the revenue and to keep up with competitive surrounding towns. I welcome the traffic. It just might make a huge difference in exposure for my store.
Anna Laura Rosow November 15, 2012 at 03:55 PM
The new traffic guidelines are a nightmare. Once again, those of us who live north of town near 126 will take a hit in terms of traffic. As for the wider roads, after months of disruptive construction, we still have utility poles practically in the middle of the road in Wayland Center. While the traffic light by the library has helped (and least when cars traveling south on 27 don't block the intersection), it seems poorly planned -- i.e., cars suddenly turning into and out of the library and north-bound trucks having trouble making the curve.
Michele C November 16, 2012 at 12:15 AM
As a cyclist I am concerned that more wasn't done to make room for cycling to and from Town Center. It would be nice if residents could leave the car at home.
Colene November 16, 2012 at 08:40 PM
I just had to come home by traveling East on Old Connecticut Path from 5 Paths, to avoid the gridlock at Wayland Center. This is what we can expect throughout the holidays with stores opening in this shopping center. Where is that large public green and public building that was on the drawings when this project was being sold to the citizens of Wayland? There is a sign pointing back out to Route 20 saying "Town Green." Huh? Aside from the jobs added, it has been a bad idea from the start to open a huge shopping center at this location and a sham to call it "Town Center." At this very minute--3:30 pm on Friday--Wayland Center is a parking lot.
Michael Bate November 18, 2012 at 03:54 PM
We knew from the very beginning that this "Town Center" would be a traffic nightmare.


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