Public Hearing Notice

Public Hearing Notice  Athol - Design Public Hearing webinar and comment period

Webinar publication date: October 27 2020 - Comment period: Oct 27 - Nov 10

Overview   of Athol - Design Public Hearing webinar and comment period

A Virtual Design Public Hearing will be published on the MassDOT website below to present the design for the proposed Intersection Improvements at Crescent Street and Chestnut Hill Avenue project in Athol, MA.


The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Intersection Improvements at Crescent Street and Chestnut Hill Avenue project. All views and comments submitted in response to the hearing will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible.


The proposed project consists of roadway and intersection improvements at the intersection of Crescent Street and Chestnut Hill Avenue in Athol. Other improvements will include reconstruction of a retaining wall, increased sight distance, improved bicycle and pedestrian accommodations, a flashing warning beacon, pavement markings, and signage. To accommodate pedestrians, the project will include a sidewalk or a shared-use path (with bicyclists) along the north side of Crescent Street within the project limits. Crescent Street will be reconstructed as a dead-end roadway, terminating approximately 200 feet east of Brattle Street. In accordance with applicable design guides, the shared-use path will accommodate bicyclists east of the proposed termination of Crescent Street. Bicyclists will share the dead-end portion of Crescent Street with low-speed vehicular traffic, as steep terrain precludes widening.

A secure right-of-way is necessary for this project. Acquisitions in fee and permanent or temporary easements may be required. The Town is responsible for acquiring all needed rights in private or public lands. MassDOT's policy concerning land acquisitions will be presented in the hearing.

Written statements and other exhibits regarding the proposed undertaking are to be submitted to Patricia A. Leavenworth, P.E., Chief Engineer, MassDOT, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Attention: Project Management, Project File No. 608723. Mailed statements and exhibits intended for inclusion in the public hearing transcript must be postmarked no later than ten (10) business days after the hearing is posted to the MassDOT website listed below. Project inquiries may be emailed to

This meeting is accessible to people with disabilities. MassDOT provides reasonable accommodations and/or language assistance free of charge upon request (e.g interpreters in American Sign Language and languages other than English, live captioning, videos, assistive listening devices and alternate material formats), as available. For accommodation or language assistance, please contact MassDOT’s Chief Diversity & Civil Rights Officer by phone at (857) 368-8580, TTD/TTY at (857) 266-0603, fax (857) 368-0602 or by email to Requests should be made as soon as possible prior to the meeting, and for more difficult to arrange services including sign-language, CART or language translation or interpretation, requests should be made at least ten business days before the meeting.

Hearing webinar or cancellation announcements will be posted on this website.

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