Hingham: Committee studies traffic safety at Derby Street Shoppes

The South Hingham Study Committee met Thursday night and discussed issues and solutions regarding some dangerous intersections and traffic tie-ups near the Derby Street Shoppes.

The success of the shops has created major traffic woes, with patrons exiting via the service road and attempting to make an unsafe, left-hand turn on to Derby Street.

Committee Chair Judy Sneath said, “We see that cars exiting Derby Street Shoppes on the service road and trying to go left, are inserting themselves in a turn lane that’s already going two different directions, and so now they’re adding a third direction to that.”

The Derby Street Shoppes has already posted six new signs, to try and divert traffic away from the service road.

Other plans are being made to try and make it safer trucks on the service road, and for shoppers exiting the premises.

“The Derby Street Shoppes is actually working with us to make changes internally to the shops, to get more traffic diverted to the signalized intersection. We’re looking into ways to get the abutting property owners to actually follow the same traffic pattern, so that they would be using the signalized intersection at the Derby Street Shoppes, or they’d be diverted to Recreation Park Drive, which also feeds the area,” Sneath explained.

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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.