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.
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.
INITIAL PUBLIC MEETING:
An initial public meeting will be held on the Route 28 Centerville-Hyannis Corridor Study on Monday, March 17, 2014, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Hearing Room of Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis. The goal of the meeting is to listen to feedback from the community on the transportation-related opportunity and issues along the corridor. Attendees will also have an opportunity to sign up to be a part of more focused planning meetings for smaller segments of the study corridor planned in April. For those unable to attend the meeting, it will be aired on Channel 18 with a recording available on the Town of Barnstable website.
» Preliminary Planning for the Replacement of the Bourne Rotary
For details, visit the ROTARIES Initiative web page.
FINAL 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
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, 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.|
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.
The 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.
In 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.
Shank Painter Road is a primary way into the Provincetown business district. Frequented not just by motorists but also by many pedestrians and bicyclists, Cape Cod Commission staff prepared a study of safety and multi-modal accommodations at the request of the Provincetown Board of Selectmen. Recommended alternatives include a variable cross-section with bicycle accommodations, sidewalks, and stormwater improvements. Next steps include a cooperative effort between Provincetown officials and the Cape Cod Commission to explore funding opportunities such as the Cape Cod Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and other sources.
Town of Provincetown officials requested Cape Cod Commission technical assistance relative to a resident's complaints with truck turning traffic from Johnson Street Extension onto Railroad Avenue. For the study, Commission staff performed traffic counts at four intersections and analyzed alternatives to determine the best possible solution to the truck turning problem. The Commission completed the resulting report in March 2011.
A federal- and state-funded process to update the Route 6A Corridor Management Plan, first prepared by the Cape Cod Commission in 1995. The plan focuses on the 34-mile corridor of Cape Cod's scenic byway, Route 6A (also known as the Old King's Highway), which stretches east from Bourne to Orleans. The update considers land uses, historic and scenic resources, and transportation along the corridor and includes recommendations to address resource protection and traffic/safety issues. The Commission completed the study in June 2010, releasing the following report: Route 6A Scenic Byway: Corridor Management Plan Update.
Yarmouth Road in Barnstable experiences significant vehicle queues during peak hours of operation. Yarmouth Road serves as an important access road into Hyannis Center, and the corridor is the primary access for some Cape towns to the Cape Cod Hospital. Seasonal and peak-hour congestion often delay emergency vehicles' access to the hospital. A viable Yarmouth Road corridor is significant for many modes of transportation, including walking, biking, automobile, transit, and rail. The Hyannis Transportation Center is located off Route 28, a short distance from the Yarmouth Road/Route 28 intersection. The Yarmouth Road/Willow Street Corridor Study, as part of the Commission's transportation planning contract with the Massachusetts Highway Department, developed alternatives to improve access for all modes of transportation along this corridor. Related materials include:
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