Public Hearing Notice

Public Hearing Notice OTIS - replacement of bridge carrying Tannery Road over West Branch Farmington River

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Otis Town Hall, Conference Room, One North Main Road, Otis, MA 01253

Overview of OTIS - replacement of bridge carrying Tannery Road over West Branch Farmington River


The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Bridge Replacement of Bridge No. O-05-007 carrying Tannery Road over West Branch Farmington River. All views and comments made at the hearing will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible.


The proposed project consists of replacing the existing bridge with a single span precast concrete deck beam. The bridge will be approximately a 42-foot single span. The bridge will have a 15' – 0" minimum curb to curb width, and about 18'- 0" out to out width. The span of the bridge will be increased from the existing 25' – 0" to 42' – 0" to provide sufficient horizontal clearance to meet the bank full width requirements under the bridge. There will be a one lane two-way road, and approach roadway guardrails will be added. Classified as a rural Local road with no current sidewalks, it is exempt from need to comply with Pedestrian and Bicycle accommodations.

A secure right-of-way is necessary for this project. Acquisitions in fee and permanent or temporary easements may be required. The town of Otis 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: Bridge Project Management Section, Project File No. 608856. 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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