» Route 28 Centerville-Hyannis Corridor Study:
Reducing Congestion, Improving Safety, and Accommodating All Users

Route 28 Centerville-Hyannis Corridor Study - Study Area

The Town of Barnstable and the Cape Cod Commission have begun a corridor study of Route 28 (Falmouth Road) from Old Stage Road to Bearses Way. The study will focus on improving safety, reducing congestion, and accommodating all users.

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Route 28 Centerville Shopping Area West Entrance, Centerville, MA

Route 28 in Barnstable is one of three major regional east-west transportation corridors on Cape Cod. It is also a commercial destination for tourists and residents alike.

The section of Route 28 from Old Stage Road to Bearses Way is a priority for investigation because it is often congested, particularly in the summer months. Congestion is a barrier to reliable and convenient access to Hyannis, the largest commercial destination on Cape Cod and the location of the Cape Cod Hospital, the Barnstable Municipal Airport, the Cape Cod Regional Transportation Authority, the Hyannis Transportation Center, and the Steamship Authority.

Transportation safety is another issue along the corridor, with high traffic volumes, geometric problems, and a large number of curb cuts. For example, the four-lane, undivided section of Route 28 just east of Old Stage Road has been the site of two fatalities in recent years. Another high-crash location is at the intersection of Route 28 and Bearses Way.

Accommodating all road users, including motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users, is another concern for this a heavily used corridor. Non-motorized users travel this corridor to access jobs and retail destinations from their neighborhoods.

The Cape Cod Commission, under the 2014 Unified Planning Work Program, will conduct a transportation planning study with the goal to develop alternatives that will provide safe and convenient access within the study area for all users of the roadway system including pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists.



An initial public meeting was held on the Route 28 Centerville-Hyannis Corridor Study on March 17, 2014, to listen to feedback from the community on the transportation-related opportunity and issues along the corridor. Attendees had an opportunity to sign up to be a part of more focused planning meetings for smaller segments of the study corridor planned in April. Those unable to attend the meeting can find a recording of it on the Town of Barnstable website.


The Town of Barnstable and Cape Cod Commission invite you to attend and participate in a listening session for the corridor study of Route 28 (Falmouth Road) from Old Stage Road to Bearses Way on WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 2014, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the BARNSTABLE SENIOR CENTER, 825 FALMOUTH ROAD (ROUTE 28), HYANNIS. The complete flyer is available here.






» Preliminary Planning for the Replacement of the Bourne Rotary

For details, visit the ROTARIES Initiative web page.

Study Area for the Bourne Rotary projectFINAL REPORT AVAILABLE: The Bourne Bridge Rotary Study final report is is available for download.  

One of the most serious traffic congestion/safety problems on Cape Cod occurs at the Bourne Rotary. Traffic congestion there affects residents of Bourne, visitors to Cape Cod, and emergency response time throughout the Upper Cape (the area that includes the towns of Bourne, Sandwich, Falmouth, and Mashpee). The congestion affects the residents throughout the year and has an adverse effect on the businesses and economic development of the town. Under the 2013 Unified Planning Work Program, the Cape Cod Commission's staff will conduct a transportation planning study for the area with the goal of developing alternatives that will provide safe and convenient access within the study area for all users of the roadway system including pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists.


» "Living Streets" Study for a Portion of Route 28, Yarmouth, MA

Logo for Living Streets/Cape CodFinal Report (January 2014): Print Quality (large file: 148MB) and Screen Quality (small file: 8MB)

For details, visit the YARMOUTH Living Streets web page.

Route 28 in Yarmouth is one of three major regional east-west transportation corridors on Cape Cod, as well as a commercial destination for tourists and residents, with its numerous attractions, businesses, hotels, and restaurants. The roadway is often congested, particularly in the summer months. High traffic volumes, poor geometry, and many curb cuts have contributed to public concern about transportation safety. A 2011 study by the Cape Cod Commission revealed this portion of Route 28 to be one of the densest locations in the region for pedestrian/bicycle crashes. The corridor is used heavily by automobiles, cyclists, and pedestrians as a major regional arterial; however, the current configuration of the roadway is focused on automobiles, resulting in numerous conflict points with pedestrians and cyclists. The town has approved zoning changes for the area and aims to better accommodate multi-modal transportation along the corridor by improving streetscape conditions in a coordinated manner with land use changes. The roadway design is essential to the success of these town efforts. For this "Living Streets" project, a two-mile section of Route 28 (from West Yarmouth Road to Forest Road) was selected as the area for a corridor study to identify strategies that promote walkability, pedestrian safety, access management, and improved traffic safety and flow in the area.


» Hyannis Access Study Implementation

Hyannis, Massachusetts, is home to the Cape Cod Hospital, Barnstable Municipal Airport, Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority's Hyannis Transportation Center, and the Steamship Authority's ferry operations. In addition, it is the largest commercial hub of Cape Cod. Safe and convenient access into Hyannis is essential to accommodate existing services and development and to accommodate new commercial growth. Concept F - Hyannis Access Study Implementation

Preferred Alternative

For the Hyannis Access Study Implementation project, the Cape Cod Commission worked with a task force to evaluate the design of Route 28 from the Airport Rotary to the Barnstable/Yarmouth town line, taking into consideration large-scale development along sections of Route 132. On January 23, 2013, the Task Force identified a preferred long-term solution for this roadway area. For more details, see the separate Hyannis Access Study Implementation web page.


» Complete Streets/Living Streets

Cover of the Complete Streets/Living Streets: Design Manual for Cape CodThe Commission's Transportation and Planning/Community Development departments produced a new guidebook in October 2012. The guidebook explains and illustrates the concepts of Complete Streets/Living Streets to encourage readers to consider the options when planning roadway improvements projects.


» Living Streets Corridor Pilot Study - Brewster/Orleans, MA


Living Streets project study areaIn April 2012, the Cape Cod Commission, in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) District 5, launched a "Living Streets" study of Route 6A between Brewster and Orleans. The goal is to create initial designs for a retrofit that improves safety, provides amenities, and increases connections between different modes of transportation. The 1.7-mile portion of Route 6A to be studied connects Nickerson State Park and the adjacent Cape Cod Rail Trail with the shopping, banking, and services in Orleans village center.

The Living Streets pilot project is Task 3.4 of the current Unified Planning Work Program for the Cape Cod Commission.

On October 16, 2012, the project team held a public meeting to identify a preferred alternative for a Living Streets approach for Route 6A between Brewster and Orleans, Massachusetts. This meeting included a presentation of street design 'best management practices' and conceptual design plans from the Cape Cod Commission, and addressed public comment and feedback on traffic safety, pedestrian and bike accessibility, historic considerations, and community character.


» Several Older Projects are described on a separate page.



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