Cohasset: Town working with Toll Brothers on dangerous Route 3A intersection

Cohasset selectmen heard from the police and the Acting Town Manager at their meeting Tuesday night, about dealing with an intersection on Route 3A where three fatal accidents have occurred.

Officials call the intersection of Beechwood Street and Route 3A the worst and most dangerous intersection in Cohasset.

Cohasset Deputy Police Chief Bill Quigley told the Board of Selectmen that the race to get through the lights at the intersection starts with the early morning commute.

“It starts about 5:15 to 5:30 am. There are literally drag races there. If someone gets behind someone slow in Scituate, they enter into Cohasset, where it opens up into four lanes by Starbucks and people just take off. The speed limit there is 35 but it’s not uncommon to have people coming through there at 65 to 75 miles an hour at that time of the morning,” Quigley explained.

Acting Town Manager Michael Milanoski has been meeting with Toll Brothers Home Builders, the company proposing a large housing development on Beechwood Street, to help with the reconstruction of the intersection in an effort to make it safer.

Milanoski said, “Those options in a ballpark number would range around $150,000 if we were able to do all of them, which includes some left hand turning lanes, doing some signal adjustment, a new light on one area and some adjustments on some of the curb cuts.”

Toll Brothers is working on a plan of options for the intersection which should be ready be September 28.

About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.