Public Hearing Notice

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

Webinar publication date: September 11, 2020 - Comment period: Sep 11 - Sep 25

Overview of Lawrence - 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 Merrimack Street and South Broadway (Route 28) project in Lawrence, MA.


The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Intersection Improvements at Merrimack Street and South Broadway (Route 28) 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 improvements to enhance safety and operations at the intersection and provide improved pedestrian and bicycle accommodations. The existing traffic signal system will be replaced to meet current standards with vehicle detection, time-of-day timing, accessible pedestrian signals, and emergency vehicle preemption. Under the recommended alternative, an exclusive left-turn lane will be introduced on the southbound approach to facilitate protected-permissive left-turn phasing. Bicycle accommodations will consist of bike lanes on South Broadway and Merrimack Street. Pedestrian accommodations will consist of reconstructing sidewalks for ADA compliance, installation of accessible pedestrian signals, and installation of accessible curb ramps. Crosswalks and all other pavement markings will be re-striped and updated and a new crosswalk will be installed at the Merrimack Street/Carver Street intersection. Storm drainage will be updated to accommodate the proposed intersection geometry and opportunities to facilitate future separation of storm and sanitary sewer systems along S. Broadway will be evaluated and included if feasible. Access management measures will also be evaluated and implemented where feasible, for adjacent driveways. The existing pavement is proposed to be resurfaced.

A secure right-of-way is necessary for this project. Acquisitions in fee and permanent or temporary easements may be required. The City is responsible for acquiring all needed rights in private or public lands. The City’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. 609509. 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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