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Sturbridge road test site eyed

RMV looks at DOT facility

January 06, 2010
The Registry of Motor Vehicles is seeking locations to use as a base of operations for road tests beginning next month, and Sturbridge appears to be near the top of the list.

According to RMV spokesman Ann Dufresne, the department is currently looking at a handful of locations for road tests throughout the area served by the branch office, moved from Southbridge to Charlton last summer.

"We are discussing a number of locations in the area," Dufresne said. "We should have a location and a road course ready to go by Feb. 1."

The scope of the RMV's search was not originally intended to be as wide as it is. The department decided to consider alternate locations at the urging of local residents, many of whom have been inconvenienced in recent months by having to bring new drivers to Worcester for road tests.

"Following the Dec. 5 hearing, we decided to expand the search in the area for a location to administer road tests," Dufresne said.

The hearing she referred to actually took place on Dec. 7 at the Southbridge Town Hall. Neither Dufresne nor any other high-ranking RMV or Department of Transportation officials attended the hearing.

See Friday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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