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New Mass. Ave. Corridor Project Public Hearing Set for Feb. 26

The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in Town Hall.

The following is from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

MassDOT to hold upcoming public hearing on reconstruction of Mass Ave., Arlington, Feb. 26

Project to improve vehicle, pedestrian, bicycle movements; simplify traffic flow

BOSTON (January 29, 2013) – In response to a request from the Federal Highway Administration (attached), the Massachusetts Department of Transportation is hosting a second public hearing on the reconstruction of Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at the town hall auditorium, 730 Massachusetts Ave. in Arlington.

The Mass. Ave. reconstruction project is being designed by the town of Arlington and funded by MassDOT. The purpose of the second public hearing is to highlight changes between the 25 percent plan and what is currently being proposed, giving the public an opportunity to become familiar with the project design. The hearing is also an opportunity for MassDOT to address concerns raised by the Federal Highway Administration and to solicit any additional public feedback.

The existing configuration does not have defined vehicle travel lanes, has a left-turn lane at only one intersection in the corridor, and does not provide for optimum use by various modes of travel. 

As proposed, the Mass. Ave. corridor between Pond Lane and Alewife Brook Parkway will be completely reconstructed. The finished product as proposed will have two travel lanes on the eastbound side of the road, and one travel lane heading westbound. The corridor will also have one five-foot bicycle lanes on both sides of Mass. Ave. as well as an eight- to 10-foot wide shoulder for on-street parking and bus stops. Additional travel and turning lanes will be added at major intersections. The design is in accordance with MassDOT’s Project Development Design Guide and adequately and reasonably accommodates all travel modes in this corridor.

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ken January 31, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Thought this was rejected? If they go ahead with this, it will screw up traffic on Mass Ave.
Wind Dummy 25 January 31, 2013 at 06:01 PM
No traffic...That's the BIG harmonic plan Ken...
Mark Kaepplein February 01, 2013 at 12:17 AM
"Funded by MassDOT"? I thought most of the funding came from the federal government.
Mark Kaepplein February 01, 2013 at 06:43 PM
The FHWA requested both a hearing and evaluation of a real four lane plan. I should expect the town will do both at the hearing, and present a four lane plan to residents along with traffic simulation data for updated traffic lights, added traffic light(s), and a dedicated left turn lane at Lake Street to provide performance comparisons for the 3 lane plan, a 4-lane project plan, and a do nothing plan.
smerls February 26, 2013 at 03:40 PM
@ Mark, the sad part is that presenting these options, the 3 lane vs 4 lane etc should have been done in 2009 at the latest!! If the town had done this and allowed people to vote they could have prevented a lot of grief and the project probably would be underway by now. Also this is exactly what the opponents or at least the ones I have talked to mean when they say there was no compromise. There should have been at least several options presented, but they had to play their games and this is the result!! Personally I would prefer the 4 lanes to be kept in but I would have liked to have seen plans for all three options (even if the 4 lanes required an exemption from the state), maybe after seeing what the lanes would be like, I might have changed my mind in favor of 3 lanes, but sadly the town refused. They refused to let folks vote on this, on a nonbinding vote but yet they are allowing an extremely vaguely worded vote on parking bans....how sad this is all is!!
Wogga February 27, 2013 at 05:58 PM
I'll just be happy for them to finally put marked lanes (broken white lines) on whatever 3 or 4 lane solution they come up with; it will be nice if this is done with community improvement (trees, sidewalks) and bike lanes too!
Mark Kaepplein February 27, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Wogga, One of the alleged benefits of the project is marking lanes so people know where to be on the road. Does it take a 6 million dollar project to paint some lines? If it were an actual safety problem, Selectmen for the last several decades would be derelict in their duty to protect the public. Its a question nobody got to ask at the hearing to get an answer, nor one Selectmen have answered.

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