Frequently I find myself at the end of Flagg Road where it meets Route 9 West between the Wendy’s and the Exxon station. And just as frequently I find myself waiting. Waiting for a gap in traffic big enough for me to ease gently onto Route 9. And by ease gently I mean pound on the accelerator as hard as I can while glancing in the rear-view mirror to see the car I just cut off invade my rear bumper’s personal space.
It can be a brutal intersection at certain hours of the day, and the proximity to the Route 495 on-ramp doesn’t help matters.
Which is why I read with interest recently that $285,000 in federal funds will be spent planning, engineering, and designing an expanded Route 9/Route 495 interchange.
By all accounts, traffic on the portion of Route 9 leading up to Route 495 is on the rise. At a Planning Board meeting earlier this year, the Metrowest Growth Management Committee told board members that Southborough has the capacity to increase development along Route 9 by a whopping 460%. The Metrowest Daily News reports that by 2030, an estimated 73,000 vehicles will use the interchange, up 25% from today’s level.
And then there’s the proposed 445-acre EMC office complex that’s planned for the Southborough-Westborough line with access roads feeding onto Route 9.
With all that anticipated growth, taking a look at the Route 9/Route 495 area is probably a good idea. I just have to hope they will also consider trouble spots on either side of the interchange, like say, Flagg Road?