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The Cape Cod Commission, in partnership with the Town of Yarmouth, is conducting a "Living Streets" study along a two-mile section of Route 28 (West Yarmouth Road to Forest Road) in Yarmouth. The study will explore transportation improvement alternatives that will reduce conflicts, improve traffic flow, and incorporate multi-modal transportation options along the Route 28 corridor while furthering the creation of vibrant, pedestrian- and bicycle-oriented mixed-use centers along the roadway.
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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 alike, with numerous attractions, businesses, hotels and restaurants. The roadway is often congested, particularly in the summer months. High traffic volumes, poor geometry, and a high number of curb cuts have raised concerns 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 (20 between 2002 and 2007) with three high-crash locations in the study area.
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 automotive use, resulting in numerous conflict points with pedestrians and cyclists. Curb cuts along the corridor impact traffic flow and non-automobile safety by creating conflict points and left-turn movement backups. In some locations, the narrow right-of-way constrains safe bicycle and pedestrian use.
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, particularly at key intersections where redevelopment efforts may be focused.
The two-mile section of Route 28 between West Yarmouth Road and Forest Road is the focus of a new corridor study identifying “Livable Street” and “Complete Street” strategies that promote walkability, pedestrian safety, access management, and improved traffic safety and flow in the area. This effort aims to identify transportation improvement strategies for Route 28 that support the town’s vision for the corridor.
The Final Report detailing the Route 28 Living Streets project is now available. It can be accessed here:
Initial Task Force Workshop and Project Kickoff Meeting (March 21, 2013 presentation)
Study Feedback and Initial Concepts (June 19, 2013 presentation to Yarmouth Planning Board)
Living Streets/Complete Streets Study: Route 28, Yarmouth (October 16, 2013 presentation to Yarmouth Planning Board)
Living Streets/Complete Streets Study: Route 28, Yarmouth (November 19, 2013 presentation on Final Recommendations and Memo to Yarmouth Board of Selectmen)
Video of November 19, 2013 Presentation to the Yarmouth Board of Selectmen where the Board of Selectmen unanimously supported a phase I project scope that would advance living streets improvements of Rt 28 from the Winslow Gray/South Sea Intersection easterly to Parkers River Bridge.
Technical Services Director Glenn Cannon