Morning Glory farm stand traffic growth sparks traffic complaints

The Morning Glory Farmstand. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Edgartown selectmen met Monday and agreed to forward a letter to the Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC) from a Meshacket Road resident who complained about the volume of traffic generated by visitors to the expanded Morning Glory farm stand.

Roy Hayes, former owner of the Chappaquiddick ferry, wrote that the recent expansion of the farm stand created difficult traffic conditions at the intersection of Meshacket Road and Edgartown–West Tisbury Road.

“The entrance is constantly blocked,” Mr. Hayes wrote in his letter to selectmen. “We who use Meshacket (Road) have to deal with a constant flow of traffic maneuvering into and out of the business.”

Mr. Hayes suggested selectmen ask the farm owners to create a new entrance off Edgartown – West Tisbury Road, that would include an access road to handle vehicles lined up to turn into the farm stand.

Selectman voted to refer the letter to the MVC, the town’s building inspector, and the town’s planning board.

In January of 2010, the MVC approved the expansion of the farm stand. The MVC imposed conditions regulating wastewater, lighting, landscaping, and energy saving measures in its decision.

The only conditions on traffic were requirements to improve the nearby bike path, and pay employees a stipend for every day they bike to work.

Also Monday, selectmen heard a request from Chappy ferry owner Peter Wells to repeat the winter traffic configuration used last year for vehicles waiting to get on the ferry. Last year the town temporarily redesigned street markings, allowing vehicles to queue up on North Water Street. Police say the traffic pattern allows drivers to self-regulate the line, eliminating the need to assign a police officer to the area on the few days when the line overflows Daggett Street.

Selectmen took the request under advisement, to consult businesses and the town library about how the traffic changes affect them.