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

Webinar publication date: February 11, 2021 - Comment period: Feb 11 - Feb 25

Overview   of Harwich - 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 Azalea Road over Herring River Bridge Replacement project in Harwich, MA.


The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Azalea Road over Herring River Bridge Replacement 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 the replacement of the Bridge H-10-019 Azalea Drive, Harwich Massachusetts. The existing bridge, constructed in 1974, is a single 29'-0" clear span bridge that is approximately 32'-0" wide. It currently provides a curb-to-curb vehicular travel-way of 24'-0" and one sidewalk, 5'-7" in width, located on the east side. The proposed replacement bridge will similarly accommodate two lanes of traffic and one sidewalk on the east side. It shall span 46'-7 ½" and be constructed on new pile-supported integral abutments constructed behind the existing substructures. The proposed curb-to-curb width shall be expanded to 26'-0". The project includes a number of safety improvements, including an increased sidewalk width of 6'-0" on the bridge and approaches with ADA compliant handicap ramps, new approach guardrail and bridge rail meeting current crash safety standards, roadway profile changes that will improve site distances and a new 2'-0" shoulder on the west side of the roadway, all of which have been provided in accordance with the applicable design guides and specifications.

Since the travel-way is the only access to several residences to the north and west of the site, the replacement will be performed in stages in order to provide, at a minimum, one lane alternating traffic at all times throughout construction. Due to site constraints, a temporary pedestrian bridge will also be installed during the majority of construction to provide a separate and safe travel-way for pedestrians and cyclists.

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: Major Projects, Project File No. 608617. 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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