The Town of Barnstable and the Cape Cod Commission conducted a corridor study of Route 28 (Falmouth Road) from Old Stage Road to Bearses Way. The study is focusing 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, conducted 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 - March 17, 2014 (recorded for the Town of Barnstable website)
Listening session - May 28, 2014