Last month, a second grade boy was struck by a car on Flagg Drive in front of McCarthy Elementary School. The driver was not at fault, but the accident got parent Kerry Najarian thinking about the signage on the road.
Tonight, Najarian and other McCarthy Elementary School parents will attend the monthly meeting of the Framingham Traffic Roadway Safety Committee to request crosswalk signs with a goal of improving safety on Flagg Drive. Meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Memorial Building.
"The road is very congested," said Najarian, the mother of twins at the elementary school. "There is a crosswalk, but many drivers don't slow down and some don't yield to the pedestrians in the crosswalk."
Najarian said her husband picked up the kids and he noticed there was no sign letting drivers know there is a crosswalk. There is a school zone sign in each direction, as both McCarthy Elementary and Fuller Middle School, the former Framingham South High School, is located on the road.
The Najarians decided the road needs more signage, specifically to alert drivers to the crosswalk.
They couple contacted Framingham Police. They first inquired about the solar-powered, flashing crosswalk signs recently installed on Dudley Road, near the soccer and baseball fields, to be installed on Flagg Drive.
Najarian told Framingham Patch Framingham Police Lt. Stephen Cronin said it was unlikely one of those crosswalk signs would be installed as they cost $6,000.
So now the Najarians are requesting the Town of Framingham add one or
or two crosswalk signs -- basic yellow signs -- where the current crosswalk is situated between the Fuller and McCarthy parking lots.
Typically, Monday through Friday Flagg Drive is congested between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. and again between 2 and 2:30 p.m. as both McCarthy Elementary and Fuller Middle schools have a similar starting and ending schedule.
But there are not just parents and buses on the road. Mass Bay Community College is located across from McCarthy Elementary and adjacent to Fuller Middle.
And Flagg Drive "is a popular cut through between Route 9 and downtown," added Najarian. "Some of those drivers who use it as a cut through don't realize there are schools there."
"Our goal is to increase visibility of the crosswalk to drivers while also increasing the usage of the crosswalk by all pedestrians," said Najarian.