Public Hearing Notice

Public Hearing Notice SOUTHBRIDGE - proposed Quinebaug River Bank Stabilization project

Thursday, July 25, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


Town Hall, Veteran's Room, 41 Elm Street, Southbridge, MA 01550

Overview of SOUTHBRIDGE - proposed Quinebaug River Bank Stabilization project

A Design Public Hearing will be held by MassDOT to discuss the proposed Quinebaug River Bank Stabilization project in Southbridge, MA.


The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Quinebaug River Bank Stabilization project. Currently, the slope shows signs of severe deterioration that will result in continued passive fill to the Quinebaug River and cause undermining of the Rail Trail itself- a potential public safety and operational hazard. All views and comments made at the hearing will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible.


The proposed work consists of the stabilization of an eroded section of the western bank of the Quinebaug Rail Trail. Additional project work will include adjusting drainage structures, tree planting, and landscaping. The slope stabilization site is the western bank of the Quinebaug River located on property adjacent to #529 Ashland Avenue (Map 34 Parcel 179).

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. 608892. 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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