|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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