Traffic Commission to Discuss Changes Around Temporary High School

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A map of the temporary high school site at Moxley Field showing the proposed changes to deal with traffic in the area. (Courtesy of the Watertown Public Schools).

The Watertown High School Project team invites you to attend a scheduled Traffic Commission meeting on Wednesday June 28, at 7 p.m. at the Administration Building (149 Main Street) in the Philip Pane Meeting Room to finalize the traffic provisions that will be in effect for the duration of occupancy of the temporary high school located at Moxley Playground.

This is an opportunity for community members to review the final version of the previously presented traffic plans that will result in an overall increase in safety for all surrounding residents and students.

The below changes have been added to the final proposed plans after careful consideration by Watertown Public Schools and Watertown Police, as well as incorporating discussions from past meetings with the Community,:

• One (1) dedicated SRO [School Resource Officer] Parking space for each school (WMS and Moxley HS)
• No through traffic on Bemis St. from Westminster Ave. to Waverly Ave. during school hours
• Westminster Ave. open to Northbound traffic only from 7:30 AM-3:30 PM on school days
• Added access control gate at Moxley HS parking lot exit on Bemis St. to restrict entry to emergency vehicles

This is the final step in the process that the team and community have been working on for the last 2 years. Please see below a summary of the final traffic recommendations that will be presented to the committee for approval during this meeting.

Meeting Date: June 28, 2023 @ 7:00 PM in the Philip Pane Meeting Room at 149 Main Street.

Link to full Presentation by clicking here.

One thought on “Traffic Commission to Discuss Changes Around Temporary High School

  1. I work at WHS. I arrive about 6:45 am, when WHS fobs would allow access. Students start arriving about 7:00 am.
    I believe I will be in the old gym for the day handling study hall and students from teachers who are out. (50-150 students per period). At lunch (3 half hour blocks) I believe I’ll be in auditorium.
    I use a Handicap space.

    A second concern is Voting. As a city resident I vote in the back gym and have parked there while voting. What is planned to handle movement of hundreds or students between WHS and WMS on an hourly basis?

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