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.