The Falmouth Select Board has approved a petitioner’s article for November Town Meeting that seeks to install flashing speed limit signs along Woods Hole Road and Palmer Avenue.
The article, sponsored by the Southeast Massachusetts Regional Transportation (SMART) Citizens Task Force, would appropriate $30,000 from the Ferry Embarkation Fee Fund to pay for up to six signs.
The task force is interested in redirecting Woods Hole Steamship Authority traffic off Cape, according to the group’s website.
Speeding along the corridor to the Steamship Authority’s Woods Hole ferry terminal has troubled many residents for several years who have safety concerns and noise complaints.
Select board member Meghan E. English Braga said the board receives emails weekly regarding speeding along Woods Hole Road, noting her law office is on Locust Street.
“Cars are flying by trying to make the ferry,” she said. “I know there is a lot of public concern on this and I would like to see this get underway.”
Falmouth Public Works Director Peter McConarty said the installation of the signs would have to be vetted and approved through the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, as Woods Hole Road is owned by the commonwealth.
“Our experience is that any state permitting is a lengthy process,” he said.
Town Manager Julian M. Suso said speeding concerns along the road have been a perennial issue and he has been meeting with Falmouth Police Chief Edward A. Dunne and Mr. McConarty on options to curb speeding.
“We will continue to meet, given the upcoming petitioner article, and will be prepared for a discussion at Town Meeting,” he said.
The embarkation fund is supported by the 50-cent fee added onto Steamship Authority and Island Queen passenger tickets. The money is to be used to mitigate the impacts of ferry traffic.