By Bill Shields

WRENTHAM (CBS) — For years, Route 1 through Wrentham was pretty desolate. Recently, there’s been a building boom on the road, and with it, traffic.

According to the Wrentham Police Chief, you make a left at your own risk and the road is downright dangerous. “And it’s always been a problem, turning left,” said Wrentham Chief Bill McGrath. “Before the rapid advance in development that we are seeing now, we’ve had fatal accidents, we’ve had serious accidents, and a great deal of them from making left-hand turns.”

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Most recently, on Sunday night, police said several people, including a six-year-old girl, were injured in a “head on/angle crash” on Route 1.

So McGrath wants to “get ahead of the curve” before traffic gets worse. He is asking the state to make Route 1 a divided road with barriers that only allow left turns in dedicated lanes at stoplights.

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But some business owners only favor dedicated turn lanes because they think the barriers would hurt business.

“Safety is the utmost importance but I think people see the building, they’re coming down, and they might see the building and say ‘hey, look Vespa let’s pop in and take a look.’ but they’re scared to stop on the road because of the way the traffic is,” said Steve Roche, who owns Stadium Vespa on Route 1.

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It will be up to MassDOT to make any changes.

Bill Shields