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Deerfield TA: Cumby’s entrance problematicPD, building commissioner disagree

  • The Greenfield Road entrance to the Cumberland Farms location at 31 Elm St. in Deerfield. Staff Photo/Domenic Poli

  • The Greenfield Road entrance to the Cumberland Farms location at 31 Elm St. in Deerfield. Staff Photo/Domenic Poli

  • The Greenfield Road entrance to the Cumberland Farms location at 31 Elm St. in Deerfield. Staff Photo/Domenic Poli

  • The Greenfield Road entrance to the Cumberland Farms location at 31 Elm St. in Deerfield. Staff Photo/Domenic Poli



Staff Writer
Thursday, January 03, 2019

SOUTH DEERFIELD – The town administrator says she has contacted the state Department of Transportation about concerns she has regarding the Greenfield Road entrance of the new Cumberland Farms at 31 Elm St., although the Police Department and interim building commissioner say there is no issue.

Wendy Foxmyn said she has spoken to Building Commissioner Richard Calisewski about her complaint about the ramp, which opened about a month ago. Foxmyn said the area for the ramp’s entry and exit lanes take up a chunk of space in the right lane, forcing northbound drivers on Routes 5 and 10 turning right onto Elm Street to wait until they are closer to the intersection to pull into the proper lane.

“It’s very problematic,” she said, adding that she takes that intersection each day on her way from her home in Leeds to work at Deerfield Town Offices. She said she would like MassDOT to visit the site to determine if there is a way to improve it. Turning left from the southbound lane onto the ramp is prohibited.

Patrick Marvin, of the DOT’s communications office, said his department will look into the matter.

But Calisewski said after talking with the town’s police and highway departments, that he is confident there are no problems.

“It’s adequate,” he said of the ramp.

Calisewski said the entrance and exit lanes could be a bit wider, but they are not troublesome. He also acknowledged there could be more signage pertaining to the ramp. A few months ago, Calisewski granted Cumberland Farms a temporary certificate of occupancy, contingent upon the entrance’s development. He said he issued the temporary certificate only after assessing a traffic study, getting input from Police Chief John Paciorek Jr. and Highway Superintendent Kevin Scarborough and seeing no issues during a tanker delivery demonstration by Cumberland Farms. He issued the permanent certificate of occupancy when the ramp was completed around Thanksgiving. There is another entrance, on Elm Street.

Detective Adam Sokoloski of the Deerfield Police Department said there was one minor accident in the parking lot, but there have been no reported issues regarding the Greenfield Road entrance.