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Tisbury Connector Returns to Voters

Tuesday night, Tisbury voters again eye borrowing $1.3 million for a cutoff route between the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road and State Road via Holmes Hole Road, sparing westbound drivers from the heavily-trafficked State Road intersection.

At April's town meeting, Tisbury voter Jim Pringle spoke against the proposed connector route, which failed to win a required two-thirds majority. It's back before voters at the Dec. 10 special town meeting. (Patch file photo by Louisa Hufstader)
At April's town meeting, Tisbury voter Jim Pringle spoke against the proposed connector route, which failed to win a required two-thirds majority. It's back before voters at the Dec. 10 special town meeting. (Patch file photo by Louisa Hufstader)
Tisbury voters are taking another spin around the town's equivalent to the Oak Bluffs rotary: The proposed connector road, which failed to gain enough votes at April's annual town meeting, dominates Tuesday's special town meeting warrant.

The much-discussed connector would provide a cutoff route between the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road and State Road via Holmes Hole Road, sparing westbound drivers the need to travel all the way to the heavily-trafficked State Road intersection.

"I go to Edgartown more times in a day than you're probably going to the bathroom," trucker Clarence Barnes told voters at the April town meeting, expressing his support of the plan.

Voter Jim Pringle argued against the connector, saying the $1.3 million in borrowing would be just the beginning of "funding Fred's freeway" (a jab at departing Tisbury Department of Public Works director Fred Lapiana).

Because it requires the town to acquire debt, the $1.3 million borrowing proposal requires the approval of two-thirds of Tisbury voters. 

Had a simple majority been required, the connector would have squeaked by in April with a 69-66 vote count.

Along with borrowing the $1.3 million for construction, the town meeting warrant asks voters to approve spending state Chapter 90 funds on connector work and taking Evelyn Way, Olga Road and Lyle Lane by eminent domain.

Other warrant articles include a $305,000 expenditure to replace the Tisbury School Roof and a request for additional funds for the town's wastewater collection system.

Read the Tisbury Special Town Meeting Warrant for Dec. 10, 2013.

Do you support or oppose the Tisbury connector? Tell us in the comments.

David Whitmon December 10, 2013 at 08:21 AM
To build more roads to deal with the problem of traffic congestion is like buying a bigger pair of pants to cure obesity.
Captain Patrick King December 10, 2013 at 10:24 AM
No problem at all with a cut off. The MVC and our island town have president for eliminating public roads for off island Billion dollar privately held corporations in residential neighborhoods. Cpt.P.J. King
Pogelt December 10, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Great idea! Wouldn't it be nice if the connector can also serve the Park & Ride with a loop through from State Road to VH-E Road!
kathyonmv December 10, 2013 at 08:52 PM
It would seem that it is better to do this now. Traffic is only going to get worse. I dread coming from Edgartown to Vineyard Haven if I'm turning left onto State which is what I would do to get home. Instead I turn right and go via Main Street to get to Franklin. Please don't wait on this!!

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