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Police concerned over busy Chicopee intersection

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One intersection in Chicopee has police concerned and they are asking for help from the city and the state.

Over the past two weeks, officers have written dozens of citations.

The congestion at the intersection of Memorial Drive, Sheridan Street, and Montgomery Streets is bringing potential danger to the city and preventing emergency vehicles from passing through.

Over the last two weeks, Chicopee police officers have issued dozens of citations to drivers who block that intersection where those three roads meet.

"This is probably the worst intersection we have in the city," said Chicopee Police Officer Michael Wilk.

The police department has met with the city and is in talks with the state.

The Chicopee Police Department has asked the state about adding signage.

"The city is working on adjusting the light patterns, getting them in sync, so there can be more time at Grattan Street for cars to get through.  We're also talking to the state about painting a box, an 'X' in the intersection with signage that you're not allowed to block it," Wilk explained.

Wilk told Western Mass News this could prevent blocking, which presents potential dangers.

"We've had many issues with ambulances and fire apparatus that can't get up Montgomery Street to help people because of the gridlock," Wilk added.

Officers ask drivers to be patient to wait behind the stop line and not just pull through in a rush because that leads to intersection blockage.

"Our whole purpose out here is to educate people," Wilk said.

Police remind drivers if you block the intersection, you will be cited.

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