Traffic study in Vineyard Haven

A lane on Water Street is closed as part of a study in Vineyard Haven. - Rich Saltzberg

The town of Tisbury closed one of the lanes coming out of the Vineyard Transit Authority circle adjacent to the Steamship Authority terminal in Vineyard Haven.

“Friday, July 6, through Sunday July 8th, the right-hand outbound lane leaving VTA circle on Water Street will be closed for a traffic study,” DPW director Ray Tattersall wrote on the town’s Facebook page.

The study is being used to see if closing that one lane permanently is an option to help improve pedestrian safety and flow in and around the ferry terminal. Through a state Complete Streets grant, the town is hoping to improve sidewalks and crosswalks in that area and to encourage visitors to walk up Union Street to the restaurants and shops on Main Street in Vineyard Haven.

Selectmen approved the three-day study at a June 26 meeting.



  1. The pedestrian safety and flow hasn’t been an issue. Yet the selectman keep trying to change it. There’s lots of cars coming off the boat. The VHPD directs traffic off and it works when they’re there. It clears out within 10 minutes. I’ve never seen an accident there. The lane closure is stupid for this time of year and it just makes the town look like a construction zone. Orange cones and barrels means “go to Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven is closed”.

  2. I applaud the systematic and scholarly approach the government of Tisbury has taken in it’s efforts to resolve the traffic and other issues concerning Five Corners: it is said Emperor Nero ordered the burning of Rome because he has a better traffic and usage plan in hand – way easier than getting all those demolition permits.

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