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Traffic Galore

June 16th, 2010

I just want to say that I HATE all the traffic going on in town due to construction on some main streets or world cup celebrating.   I’m lucky enough that I can walk to work, but I had to drive yesterday so I could go to an appointment and it took me longer to drive than it does to walk (20 minutes). 

Then when I was trying to get home, traffic was at a standstill and backed up Concord St. from downtown to a little past Hartford St.  Apparently there was some World Cup street celebrating that happened to take place right at rush hour.
I’ve encountered such terrible road manners and I try not to let it get me in a bad mood but it’s so disheartening how people act to fellow drivers and how selfish people can get when they decide where they want to get to is more important than following the laws of the road and do things like cut you off and then give you the finger or purposely block paths of oncoming traffic because they didn’t care that even though traffic wasn’t moving, they decided to squeeze by a yellow (even red) light and plug up the intersection.
Anyway, I’ll be trying to avoid driving during the day as much as possible and good luck to everyone trying to get around town in the paths of construction.


  1. FYI – if anyone needs more information about the construction projects going on around town, visit It answers many questions about what, when and where road construction is happening. There is also a section where you can sign up to receive alerts about all or just specific projects.

    Comment by Erika June 17, 2010 @ 1:18 pm

  2. Thank Erika, That should help 🙂

    Comment by michelle June 17, 2010 @ 2:21 pm

  3. I don’t think I can remember a WORSE year for road construction and traffic backups in Framingham that this one! Concord ST is particularly bad, especially in between Hartford ST. and the Concord ST Dunkin’ Donuts. During “World Cup” time it IS always smart to avoid downtown Framingham. Hundreds of excited Brazilians spill into the streets downtown, and the whole area grinds to a standstill.

    Comment by Rev. Bob Baril June 17, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

  4. I was subjected to that stupidity that was downtown Framigham on Tuesday. My issue is this…….when you win the actual CUP, then enjoy yourself,run through the dayum town butt-naked for all I care. But over winning their FIRST match-GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!! And the fine folks on the police dept. just allow it. Bringing the town to a standstill is acceptable now. If the Celtics win tonight, I want every Framingham resident on the streets, blocking the driveways to Bazilian shops and homes and I better not see ONE person arrested for disturbing the peace.

    Comment by KC June 17, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

  5. The road construction is certainly stressful but all the projects will improve Framingham’s infrastructure as well as helped create many jobs in the departments working on the projects.

    Comment by Edgar June 17, 2010 @ 4:53 pm

  6. You think the police ‘just allow it’? You have to be realistic- you’re talking about hundreds of celebrating people. Even if every single police officer, sergeant, lieutenant etc were out there they’d still be outnumbered.

    Personally I live and work downtown and I sort of like it. It’s only once every 4 years and it’s like a big party. And I’m not even Brazilian nor do I watch soccer. I do like crowds of people having fun, though.

    Comment by ginger June 18, 2010 @ 9:55 am

  7. I can’t understand the reason for pouring into the streets when any sports team wins, even if it’s the World Series or the Super Bowl. Are people hoping to get run over? Maybe it’s that feeling of, “Ah, my favorite sports team X won the big Y. I can die now.”

    I made a policy years ago never to drive through downtown Framingham for any reason because of the all-day traffic bottlenecks. I’ll cross town borders to get around it.

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