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Draft Shining Sea Bike Path study released for 30-day comment period

How to connect two Upper Cape bike paths is the subject of a draft feasibility study released this month by the Cape Cod Commission.

The Shining Sea Bikeway in Falmouth and the Cape Cod Canal bike paths in Bourne are well used by both residents and visitors alike. They are components of a region-wide network that allows users to travel across Cape Cod in a healthy, sustainable manner.

The study is open for a 30-day public comment period through March 15, 2017. It is available for download on the Commission website, www.capecodcommission.org/bikeped.

This study examines the feasibility of connecting these two facilities to further expand the Cape’s trail network. In addition, the Commission is working with its partners to expand the existing Cape Cod Rail Trail from Bourne to Provincetown. Completion of all the components would create a separate bike path from Woods Hole in Falmouth to Provincetown.

The Cape Cod Commission engaged state and local agencies, officials and advocacy groups for possible use of the existing 6.25 mile rail line from County Road in North Falmouth to the Cape Cod Canal in Bourne.

The study includes no preferred options, but identifies issues and advantages of each scenario. Preliminary estimates of costs associated with each option are also presented.

The “rail-to-trail” option includes replacing existing rails with a paved multi-use path and upgraded bridges at existing bridge crossings. “Rail-with-trail” involves fencing and grading for construction of a paved multi-use path adjacent to the existing rail line to maintain rail viability. This would require new bridges at water crossings. Road crossings would be either via new bridges or at-grade.

Commission staff has participated in meetings with local organizations that have shown an interest in the project. Meetings and workshops attended include those hosted by the following organizations:

• Friends of Falmouth Bikeways
• Bourne Transportation Advisory Committee
• Friends of the Bourne Rail Trail
• Bourne Council on Aging
• Military-Civilian Community Council (MC3)
• Upper Cape Transfer Station Board of Directors

Comments on the draft document may be submitted via regular mail or email to gcannon@capecodcommission.org.

Cape Cod Commission Shining Sea Bikeway Study
c/o Glenn Cannon, Technical Services Director
P.O. Box 226
Barnstable MA 02630-0226

Item Last Updated February 16, 2017

 

Comments open on amendments to Cape transportation documents

As voted for public release by the Cape Cod Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) on January 23, 2017. To be considered for potential approval on February 27, 2017 following the 30-public public comment period. This vote would amend the FFY 2017-2021 Cape Cod Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

LINK: Cape Cod TIP 2017–2021, DRAFT Amendment 1 for review

Comments on the draft document may be submitted via regular mail or email to gcannon@capecodcommission.org.

Cape Cod Metropolitan Planning Organization Public Participation Plan (PPP) – Amendment DRAFT for Public Review:

As voted for public release by the Cape Cod Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) on January 23, 2017. To be considered for potential approval on March 20, 2017 following the 45-public public comment period. This vote would amend the Cape Cod Metropolitan Planning Organization Public Participation Plan (PPP) approved in October 2014.Comments on the proposed TIP will be accepted through July 27 and may be submitted via regular mail or email to gcannon@capecodcommission.org.

LINK: CCMPO Public Participation Plan, Draft Amendment – For Public Review

Comments on the draft document may be submitted via regular mail or email to gcannon@capecodcommission.org.

Item Last Updated January 24, 2017

 

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