Readers Tab Franklin Street Area as Worst Speeding Spot in Stoneham

Find out what other areas are perceived as problematic speeding sections by our readers.

When , our readers tabbed one spot to be the worst: the Franklin Street area.

A handful of respondents indentified the area of Franklin Street near Perkins Street and the Melrose border, as well as Franklin Street itself as troublesome speeding locations.

"The east-west cut through roads with serious issues are 1/Perkins as well as 2/Franklin (as it runs near parallel with Perkins)," wrote reader Russ. "The drivers on Perkins, in particular, seem to barely slow down at stop signs."

Meanwhile, reader Barry wrote: "Franklin (Street) is awful. No one slows down at all. Never see ANY enforcement either."

Readers Heather Ribaudo and Mark Patterson concurred with other readers that the Franklin Street area has too many speeders.

Other locations identified as problematic speeding sections were:

Oak Street to North Street Pine Street between Hancock and Summer Streets Macarthur Road Stevens Street Interstate 93 onto Maple Street






Libby Fulgione August 28, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Have ANY of you ever traveled down Park St from Friendly's to Marble? Are you kidding me? Not only is traffic outrageously heavy at rush hours in the am and pm but NO ONE goes less than 45-55 as they cut through Stoneham on their way home to Winchester and Woburn! We've had the local Stoneham police out to the area for traffic stops twice in recent years and it;s like shooting fish in a barrel I was told regarding speeding tickets. Once or twice a year the State Police pull over speeders heading towards Friendly's as our street is split in two, owned by the town and the state. Never has there been a radar sign posted on our side of Park St., although they have been seen on the stretch of Park between Marble and Maple which is also heavily populated but far less traveled, we don't have clearly marked cross walks although there are tons of kids walking to and from South School daily and in the neighborhood and our signal lights were constantly going out in the rain (although I think they finally fixed that problem this past Spring) ...
Tom M August 28, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Drivers today are in aggressive mode. Drive on 93 or 128 in the middle lane and do the speed limit. You will have more people flipping you the bird while they pass you and call you nasty names. Law enforcment not only in Stoneham, but everywhere, need to crack down on the law as written. Why have a speed limit of 55 when the average speed is 75+++ & ignored.
Tom M August 28, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Our Towns cut through from Central street to Main street through the parking lot is a Joke. The sign clearly states "No Left Turn" on to Main street. Another ignored or, it does not apply to me traffic sign. But, we pay an employee to chalk tires and ticket those for parking more than 2hrs in the lot. Where's our traffic enforcement priorities gone.
Tom M August 28, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Let's give the donut shop in downtown a license to expand so maybe we can make a full trailer truck stop across from the Post Office. An idiot trailer truck driver tried to park in the town lot with a 40' rig the other day while 50 cars were blocking the path of traffic while "In a mad hurry" mothers were picking up their kids from day care at the church. It was fun to watch 51 idiots not run over all the little kids. You could see all the faces in the windows of Town Hall watching the idiots.
Steve Banner August 28, 2012 at 02:28 PM
It sounds like sidewalk parking is a real safety concern to the citizens, yet not a priority to traffic enforcement. I can understand that it is impossible to be everywhere all the time to catch speeders. But blocking the sidewalks and using them as private driveways is easy to spot. Police must see it all day long. What would it take to get the police to act on this problem? I am not insinuating that the police are just turning a blind eye to the problem. This town has grown and the traffic and parking problems have grown with it. I am sure the police are running lean as well as every other organization. But the increase in safety by getting back the sidewalks should be addressed. I am tired of walking in the street while cars block the sidewalks that our high tax dollars just went into building. The sidewalks are there for everyone to use. Not just the one car blocking it. Thumbs up to Mark O. for another great topic.
Nancy Fortini August 28, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Tom, I couldn't agree more!!! I live on the corner of Washington and Elm.... Across the street from the hair salon. I am amazed that none of the cars parked on that corner, on the sidewalk and up against our hedges, have not gotten hit OR tagged by police for blocking the sidewalk. I watch children go out into the street while walking to school in order to get around the cars.
Mark Ouellette (Editor) August 28, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Thanks, Steve, I appreciate it. Thanks also for your comments.
Tom M August 28, 2012 at 03:41 PM
The corner of Washington & Elm has had more accidents than you can shake a stick at in years past. Residents of Washington street & Patrons of the hair salon use the sidewalk as a private parking space. Parking cars on the sidewalk destroyed the sidewalk. Our taxes just paid for new sidewalk paving on Washinton street. It finally looks nice. Why is the Town allowing cars to park on it again????? My driveway needs new pavement!!!!! I feel the Town should re-pave my driveway. I don't have a spare $3K for the project :-o
Tom M August 28, 2012 at 03:49 PM
A business license should not be issued by the Town to any business if the business cannot accommodate the necessary parking. Why should my vehicle insurance rates be determined by a business who causes traffic or accidents in our Town. This is a residential neighborhood with a park and a school down the street. Children as pedestrians should be protected against injury, not exposed to the dangers caused by the Town.
Barry C August 28, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I am glad to see the problem with speeding on Franklin St brought to light here. I know there are other areas in town as well that have problems. I just never see any speed traps in Stoneham, ever. No one likes them, but with the amount of cut through traffic, and the nasty drivers cutting through who seem to think they can do as they please, we need to see more of an effort by the police. In three years on Franklin St, I have never seen any sort of enforcement.
Tom M August 28, 2012 at 05:05 PM
You can't lay the whole responsibility on the Towns law enforcement authority. Granted, they cannot be everywhere at once. The problem also lies in the motorists themselves. The aggressive driving style of today with the phone glued to their ear and a dunkies in the other hand is one of the problems we need to solve. MA Driving rules state you should have one hand on the steering wheel at all times. Every day during the week a young lady takes the turn from Elm to Washingon street in a nice White Escalade. After the turn is completed, the gas pedal will go to the floor to get back up to speed + some. You can see the brake lights come on as she catches up to the vehicle in front of her. Thank god the two little kids are strapped in the back seat. I haven't seen her with a seat belt yet Dah!!!. Maybe driving classes should be required every 5 years to remind people that driving can be hazardous your health & some one elses. Driving is a privilige in MA, so lets enforce the rules.
Ted T. August 28, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Years ago, cruisers were regularly set up w/radar on the westbound of Franklin St in front of Weiss Farm. One got me there less than two hours after I got my license...less than a quarter mile from home. As I handed him my paper license, the cop looked at me and said, "I could tear this up right now." to which I nervously replied, "Please don't." He handed me a $30 ticket and told me to slow down. They were set up there so often that I still eyeball my speedometer as I approach Weiss Farm 32+ years later. The ones that really bother me are the knuckleheads who live on the "new" section of Ellen Rd. They fly up and down the street (a quiet, winding cul-de-sac) at 30-35mph. Most of the residents on the lower part of the street have lived there since the 50s/60s, long before the woods were bulldozed to jam 30+ more houses on it in the 90s. It's unnerving to watch an older person backing out of her driveway, and nearly be slammed by one of the bozos trying to get to/from Franklin St to/from their their houses at the top of the hill in a hurry while blabbing on their cell phones. I'm half tempted to start following them to their driveways so I can either talk to the parents of the speeding teenagers, or snap a photo of their plates and tell the drivers I'll start filing complaints if I see them speeding again.
Peter M. August 28, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Whoever thought of this idea of posting these questions/Issues and letting them be answered by the People who matter most(The Citizens/Taxpayers)should be applauded!This is an excellent Forum!Let the People be heard!Great Job!
Mark Ouellette (Editor) August 28, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Thank you kindly, Peter. *Tips cap* :)
Mary Lou Bracciotti August 28, 2012 at 07:55 PM
What about High Street? This is truly a speedway/cut-through. The four-way stop at the intersection of Broadway and High is often ignored. Furthermore, the area of roadway that is adjacent to Bear Hill Golf Course is overrun with weeds and branches that fall into the roadway. There are no sidewalks along this area and pedestrians are forced to walk in the narrow winding roadway, with speeding cars posing a constant threat. Some of those weeds/branches are the responsibility of the town. When will the Safety Officer and the Director of Public Works take some action? As for the sidewalk parking.....that is clearly seen throughout the town with little or no action, even in the winter months. It's time for those with authority to take reponsibility and take action. Mary
Tom M August 28, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Mary Lou you are 100% correct. The bushes that line Bear Hill are on Town property and should be cut. Walkers use High street all the time. Should we forget a couple of years ago when a Motorcycle driver lost his life because a car clipped him at the interesection of High & North because the bushes were in the way and the car couldn't see him???. I see those bushes on the corner are trimmed all the time now. Should we be reactive or proactive.
Tom M August 28, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Ted that's a school zone also. I wonder if we started posting license plate numbers on this forum or started posting cell phone videos of violations the authorities would take notice? Neighborhood crime watch is not only for break-ins or gang activity. Two weeks ago on 93N about 5pm on a Friday I was sitting in traffic. Next to me was a State of MA P/U truck with a worker driving. He had a cell phone in both hands at the top of the steering wheel while texting. He was getting bothered when the smoke from his butt was getting in his eyes. My wife got mad at me when I yelled over to him and asked him to smile when he looked I snapped a picture on my cell. My wife got mad at me and said I was staring trouble cause I wanted to send the pic to our Gov Duval.
Tom M August 28, 2012 at 08:48 PM
I Ohio Judges are now elected officials. Crime has been lowered significantly since these positions are not appointed. The rule in Ohio is "Do your Job or Lose Your Job" Maybe we should seek the ability to VOTE for our positions in the Town for Police Chief & DPW Director.
Steve Banner August 29, 2012 at 12:11 PM
OK, Now that we've all had a chance to get that off our chest, how do we get the town officials to take our safety concerns seriously and act on them? The laws are on the books in Stoneham. This is from the Stoneham Town Code, Section 8_2 (No person) "shall allow any vehicle to stand upon or obstruct any sidewalk or crosswalk, except when loading or unloading goods or crossing the walk necessarily." The laws are there. Why are they not being enforced? I think that we should all forward a link to this article to the Chief of Police so he can be aware of our concerns. Before we chastise the police, we should make sure they know about the problem. When we see a parking or speeding violation, do we call the police station to let them know, or do we just mutter to ourselves how nothing is being done? This is a beautiful town, but sometimes it doesn’t feel like it when cars are illegally parked on sidewalks and you take your life in your hands trying to use a crosswalk. A lot of drivers and some residents do not respect the police or laws or police of this town. Let’s not drop the ball on this. The Police officers in town are great people. I am sure that as this problem gets addressed, there will be improvements on both these issues. Thanks again to Mark O, the readers and contributors to this post, and to the Stoneham Police who are there when we need them.
Tom M August 29, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Mark I called the Twon PD and spoke to the Chief myself. I mentioned the parking on the sidewalk issue and I was told Quote: As long as a baby carriage can get by I allow it :-o I've called numerous times regarding vehicles parked on the sidewalk at the corner of Washington & Elm. I get, We'll send a cruiser out there. The cars never get moved untill business from accross the street is finished. At that point I gave up. Thant's why I say these positions should not be appointed by the selectmen. They should be voted by residents.
Tom M August 29, 2012 at 01:55 PM
I noticed the Town PD has put a radar unit @ Pomeworth Park on Washinton street heading the wrong way IMO. That's an OK place and it has been there before. The radar unit should be put accross from the area around 62 Washington going toward Elm. Vehicles come to the downhill portion of Washington and at that point I swear @ 50++ MPH. No sidewalks, a shool route for kids, a Park up the street and now construction vehicles passing by from the Middle school renovations. Park an officer for one weekday morning at the corner of Vera & Washington with a radar gun and watch how fast our tax rate decreases from the speeding citations issued in one morning.
Steve Banner August 29, 2012 at 03:22 PM
I agree with the Police Chief on the position that “As long as a baby carriage can get by I allow it”. I have had to pull a bit off a busy street at times for safety, and I always used that rule of thumb. However there are numerous vehicles that park squarely on the sidewalk, completely blocking it causing a serious safety issue for pedestrians. Those are the ones that should be addressed. How does the baby carriage rule apply to the intersection of Pine and Hancock where cars use the sidewalk as a private driveway? I am hoping that the police chief is aware of these postings and would comment on our concerns. There are always two sides to every story, and I would like to hear his. There may be more to it than I understand. It’s great to hear the people of Stoneham speak out on matters they are passionate about. The Stoneham Patch, what a great use of the internet!
Tom M August 29, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Sorry Steve but sidewalks are for pedestrians and streets are for cars. If case by case exemptions are made we will never get this problem under control. And every driver who parks on the sidewalk will feel they are exempt. The same as the lazy people who park in the Fire Lane @ Dunkin Donuts.
Tom M August 29, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Whooooo Hoooo and a big CONGRATULATIONS to the Stoneham Patch and our Towns DPW. Today I drove by on High Street and our Town is cutting back all the overgrowth that is along the Bear Hill golf course. Thank You to the DPW & those who reconized the problem.
Mark Ouellette (Editor) August 29, 2012 at 06:13 PM
You're welcome, Steve! Thanks for your thoughtful comments on this topic.
Mark Ouellette (Editor) August 29, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Hey, that's great to hear, Tom! If we played even a small role in spurring this project, that makes us happy. :) Thanks for the update.
mark patterson August 29, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Steve,if the garage at that location got rid of the illegally stored,unregistered vehicles then the residents upstairs would have more space to park thereby eliminating the cars from sticking out into the sidewalk.They have all that crap there and then park their tow truck on the other side of the street during the day.Many times that same tow truck is obstructing the sidewalk on Pine St. side of Pizza-Mia. Clean up the eyesore folks!
mark patterson August 29, 2012 at 07:54 PM
I'm thinking contributory negligence if someone is injured or killed.Actually,I would go as far as to say gross negligence if the town and/or state knows this to be a problem and does nothing.What say you,Sir.I would think that the $100,000 cap would be null and void in a case like this.No clearly marked sidewalks? Tell them you'll petition the legislature to withhold the Ch.90 funds.It worked for me.
Tom M August 29, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Mark could you start a thread named Gripes, Groans & Cheers in Stoneham?? I think this will give a majority of the residents a voice via the Internet world we all live in. I'm sure the elected officials in our Town could comment & act on the posts. The hard worker for the people usually gets re-elected :-) Not every post has to be a complaint !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Barry C August 30, 2012 at 12:43 PM
I noticed that High St was cleaned up as well. That is excellent. Now, if we could just get a speed trap on Franklin St............


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