Neighbors Take A Shine To Roundabout, Want Less Lighting in Orleans, MA

Most of those who spoke at the state’s Dec. 11 hearing on a proposed roundabout at routes 28 and 39 and Quanset Road thought it was a bright idea, but they didn’t want it to be too bright.

“There are 17 light fixtures in this plan,” Selectman Kevin Galligan told representatives of the state Department of Transportation and consultants from VHB. “This is over-lit. Picture coming from a dark space into this area. This needs to be dialed down, both the number of fixtures and the luminance… Approach and departure areas should allow drivers to accommodate their eyes.”

Orleans “is the eldest community in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” said Sims McGrath, who voted for the roundabout when he was the region’s representative to the Cape Cod Metropolitan Planning Organization. “Light gradation is important for a lot of our local drivers.” He said he expects the roundabout to slow down Route 28 traffic and reduce speeding past the nearby gas station, convenience store and post office.