Public Hearing Notice

Public Hearing Notice MEDFORD - Proposed improvements at the Brooks Elementary School, a Safe Routes to School project

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Medford City Hall Chambers, 85 George P. Hassett Drive, Medford, MA 02155

Overview of MEDFORD - Proposed improvements at the Brooks Elementary School, a Safe Routes to School project

A Design Public Hearing will be held by MassDOT to discuss the proposed Improvements at the Brooks Elementary School, a Safe Routes to School project, in Medford, MA.


The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Improvements at the Brooks Elementary School project. All views and comments made at the hearing will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible.


This proposed project will improve the safety and accessibility for students walking and biking to the Brooks Elementary School from nearby neighborhoods. The project consists of construction of "bump-outs", with ADA/AAB-compliant wheelchair ramps, sidewalk improvements, and upgraded pavement markings along 1,800 feet of High Street and at three intersections along High Street from Allston Street to Whitman Road. The proposed typical roadway cross-section will include one 11-foot travel lane, one 11-foot shared travel lane, and a 5-foot bike lane at select locations in each direction with a 6-foot to 8-foot wide shoulder/parking lane at select locations. Sidewalks with a 5-foot minimum width will be provided along each intersection leg on both sides of High Street. Pedestrian warning signs with push-button-controlled rectangular rapid flashing beacons will be installed at the High Street crosswalks near the intersections with Mystic Street, Walcott Street and Woburn Street/Hastings Street.

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. MassDOT's policy concerning land acquisitions will be discussed at this hearing.

Written views received by MassDOT subsequent to the date of this notice and up to five (5) days prior to the date of the hearing shall be displayed for public inspection and copying at the time and date listed above. Plans will be on display one-half hour before the hearing begins, with an engineer in attendance to answer questions regarding this project. A project handout will be made available on the MassDOT website listed below.

Written statements and other exhibits in place of, or in addition to, oral statements made at the Public Hearing regarding the proposed undertaking are to be submitted to Patricia A. Leavenworth, P.E., Chief Engineer, MassDOT, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Attention: Roadway Project Management, Project File No. 608835. Such submissions will also be accepted at the hearing. Mailed statements and exhibits intended for inclusion in the public hearing transcript must be postmarked no later than ten (10) business days after this Public Hearing. Project inquiries may be emailed to

This location is accessible to people with disabilities. MassDOT provides reasonable accommodations and/or language assistance free of charge upon request (including but not limited to interpreters in American Sign Language and languages other than English, open or closed captioning for videos, assistive listening devices and alternate material formats, such as audio tapes, Braille and large print), as available. For accommodation or language assistance, please contact MassDOT's Chief Diversity and Civil Rights Officer by phone (857) 368-8580, fax (857) 368-0602, TTD/TTY (857) 368-0603 or by email 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.

In case of inclement weather, hearing cancellation announcements will be posted on this website.

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