Public raises concern about 4-way Deerfield intersection

  • This collision involving three vehicles at the intersection of Routes 5 and 10, North Main Street and Mill Village Road in South Deerfield on April 13 sent two drivers to the hospital. Staff FILE PHOTO/MAX MARCUS

  • All vehicle crashes in Deerfield from 2007 to the end of 2019, with statistics from the state Department of Transportation’s Crash Data Portal. GRAPHIC BY MELINA BOURDEAU

  • Traffic streams by Wednesday night at the four-way intersection of Greenfield Road, North Main Street and Mill Village Road in Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Saturday, January 11, 2020

DEERFIELD — The public has expressed concern about safety at the four-way intersection of Greenfield Road, North Main Street and Mill Village Road, and that anxiety is heightened by a developer’s relentless battle to build a Dollar General store there.

The Deerfield Planning Board voted in December 2018, after months of contention, to deny a site plan submitted by Lisciotti Development’s South Deerfield DG, LLC. However, the developer has filed a lawsuit against the town to continue its fight. The parties are now in mediation.

Members of Deerfield for Responsible Development, a grassroots group of residents formed in opposition to the project, remain hawkish toward the proposal and want the state to conduct a traffic assessment at the area and devise a way to make it safer.

“It just feels super unsafe,” said Tolly Stark, a member of the group, adding that vehicles cruise down Greenfield Road (Routes 5 and 10) apparently oblivious that it is a “pretty dangerous intersection.”

According to the state Department of Transportation’s Crash Data Portal, there have been six fatal crashes in Deerfield since 2007. They occurred in 2007, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019.

Deerfield Police Detective Sgt. Adam Sokoloski said there were two accidents specifically at that intersection in 2016, one in 2017 and three in 2019.

According to MassDOT’s statistics, Deerfield has seen 1,760 crashes since 2007. Forty-nine of these accidents resulted in serious injury, while 185 caused minor injury. There were 1,280 crashes that resulted in no injuries.

At the intersection in question, there were 22 vehicle crashes involving bicycles between 2007 to 2016.

Stark said she would like developers to take certain considerations if a Dollar General is constructed at the location.

“I feel that it would be imperative that the developer, Lisciotti ... not have an access onto Routes 5 and 10 as their only option to get to the (proposed Dollar General store),” she said.

Stark said there have been two instances in as many years where she barely avoided a major accident at the intersection. She said she drives through the intersection roughly four times daily to bring her children to school and extracurricular activities.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.