NATICK — Like the narrator in Robert Frost’s most famous poem, Natick’s Planning Board has a bone to pick with diverging roads — specifically, the dual driveway in the site plans for an adult-use marijuana dispensary on Route 9.
ReLeaf Alternative’s opening plans have made little progress in recent weeks as Planning Board members and dispensary representatives debated the merits of having one driveway or two at the site. Formerly a Papa Gino’s, the 291 Worcester St. location has a pre-existing curved driveway with two outlets to Route 9.
ReLeaf has argued that a single driveway does not provide enough sight distance, the length of road visible to drivers. Poor sight distance can contribute to rear-end crashes and collisions because drivers may be unable to see and react to hazards, signs or signals, according to the Federal Highway Administration.
However, Planning Board member Doug Landry — a planning professional who has experience with transportation projects and strategy — pushed back on the dual driveway, citing the traffic signal located almost directly in front of the site on Route 9.