The city of Bangor is considering a series of changes to improve the safety along a busy section of Broadway where drivers exit from and enter Interstate 95, a short corridor a fifth of a mile long that has seen dozens of crashes in recent years.
An outside engineering firm has recommended relocating an Interstate 95 on-ramp and remaking how drivers can reach two residential roads from Broadway, changes meant to minimize the chances of vehicles crashing into each other or gumming up traffic. More than 80 crashes were reported along that corridor between 2015 and 2017, according to a recent analysis by the Maine Department of Transportation.
Among the proposed changes recommended by Gorrill Palmer Consulting Engineers, the city hopes to prohibit drivers from making left-hand turns from Broadway onto a residential road, Earle Avenue, and from Earle Avenue back out onto Broadway. It would do so by adding new signs and installing a small traffic island at the end of Earle Avenue that would force drivers to make only right-hand turns there.