Where Do Drivers Speed Most in Woburn?

Let's see if there's a consensus.


We all know there are spots where people tend to speed in Woburn.

In addition to the two major highways that go through Woburn—let's not count those!—we have some pretty big roads: Montvale Avenue, Main Street, Washington Street, Salem Street... The list goes on. 

Tell us in the comments section which are the most dangerous and might need a stop sign, more crosswalks or another measure to slow down traffic. Next Wednesday, we'll run a poll based on the top five areas mentioned by readers to try and find out what's the worst. 

Earnhardt August 01, 2012 at 10:36 AM
Its not a speeding area, but how about cracking down on the Arlington Road, N.Warren st, Warren st intersection? everyone runs the lights, the City could make thousands there!
Bob Gonsalves August 01, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Lexington St. (a State road) between the Fire Station at Willow St. and the bend at Burlington St., is the worst I know of. Going west, drivers accelerate naturally because of the steep downward slope. And heading east drivers get to the top of that same slope and accelerate to make up lost time. There is one stretch where the posted speed limit is 25 mph; but cars fly by at 50 or more. I've never seen police pull cars over here, probably because the road is narrow and it would be dangerous. But a well-placed, portable sign like we have in some spots around the city might slow drivers down. Check it out.
Becky August 01, 2012 at 12:42 PM
People pretty much speed everywhere there's a break between traffic lights. Main St., from Salem to Kilby, Kilby to Mishawum. Winn St between the Center and Kilby. The 38 Rotary...it seems there's at least 1 accident every week from someone's failure to yield or failure to notice that the car in front of them is yielding.
Susan Keeley August 01, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Salem Street, for sure! I'd like to start a campaign to reduce speeds on this road. It's posted at 35 mph but people regularly drive 40+. Kids have to cross it to get to the elementary and high school. It's simply unsafe.
Clara August 01, 2012 at 01:15 PM
I agree with Bob – Lexington St. though the other end from the Lexington line through the Reeves School. On both sides of the road, people are always speeding but I would have to say the worst is going downhill towards the Reeves. With the newly installed radar sign before the school, it helped a bit, but I have seen it go up to 50+ miles per hour when cars fly by! Some cars slow down but most do not. I think more visible speed limit signs (one by Shannon Farm is faded.) may help. I try to be a “pace car” at the appropriate speed when traveling anywhere through Woburn and I implore other to do the same.
Rich B August 01, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Arlington Road - the opposite end of the water, after Sturigus St and before Pleasant St.. My car has been totaled (parked) twice on that road due to drivers speeding :< Additionally, how about we stop the knuckle heads parking at the Sovereign bank/Church in the intersection. I mean really!? Leave your car parked in the rotatory?!
Ruth Kichton August 01, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Newly surfaced Lowell Street from Wyman Street to the dead-end Lowell Street in Burlington has to be the second Route 128~~
Roth Gill August 01, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Lowell Street for sure. I was so glad to see that it was paved, but now people are just cruising down from where it starts at the Wyman end and all the way to the Burlington line. But even in the quiet side neighborhood where I live (Millyan Rd. and Ellen Rd.). I think people are more relaxed and speed because very seldom do the police patrol the area unless called for a specific reason. Dirt-Bikers are cruising the neighborhood at very dangerous speeds, with no helmets...as well as no directional signals or break lights. It's a matter of time before someone gets really hurt.
dgobs August 01, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Kilby St itself is also a bad spot for speeding now that the road is resurfaced.
mark Ellis August 01, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Lexington st , near Shannon farm, and going down the hill toward reeves, I will say Woburn PD is always stopping cars in that area !!
Richard Hosford (Editor) August 01, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Winn Street! Lots of people speed both coming from Main Street and heading up towards it in front of the car dealership
Kevin Ebert August 02, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Wyman St. by far. Motorcycles flying so fast, I can't tell the make and model.
Amy August 03, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Lowell Street for sure coming off of Wyman St - it's a straightaway and people fly down there to see if they can get airborne on the bumps. Maybe a bucket of golf balls getting dumped across the road in front of the speeding motorcycles will slow them down!! Many car and truck mirrors in the neighborhood have been taken off by speeding vehicles. We've had a truck (legally parked in front of our house) totaled by a speeding vehicle (truck ended up on our lawn - facing in the opposite direction). There have been drivers playing chicken in the middle of the night many times on the street. Lowell St and Route 128 ... is there a speed limit difference? Many years ago calls were made daily to a past mayor - we were told cars speed on all the city streets and there was nothing that could be done. Even the cars playing chicken didn't bring this mayor to take any action!
Roth Gill August 03, 2012 at 07:05 PM
YES...the "anti-gravity" bump on Lowell St right beyond Marion.....I hate speed bumps, but maybe one right beyond the bump, and another right before the curve might slow down the daredevils. I will also mention to anyone who happens to need to cross Lowell St....for instance you just walked your dog around Spence and try to cross near Marion...one of those round-the-corner mirrors would be nice.
italianmass August 03, 2012 at 11:36 PM
pearl st
Codye Grooms August 09, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Burlington st going across the intersection of beford rd cars and bikes going way to fast and tons of kids live on the street as well
charles August 12, 2012 at 10:34 AM
What do the police dept. say is the worst intersection in the city? They will know.


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