Public Hearing Notice TAUNTON - Route 24 / Route 140 Interchange Improvements project
Overview of TAUNTON - Route 24 / Route 140 Interchange Improvements project
The purpose of this hearing is to inform the public of the proposed Route 24 / Route 140 Interchange Improvements project in the City of Taunton and to provide an opportunity for public question and comment. All questions and comments raised at the hearing will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent practicable.
The proposed project consists of improvements along 1.2 miles of Route 24 and 0.8 miles of Route 140 including modifications to the interchange system. Route 24 within the project limits will be reconstructed to provide improved shoulders, accommodate a future third travel lane and upgrade acceleration/deceleration lanes. Existing Route 24 bridges over Route 140 and the Middleborough Secondary rail line will be replaced to the accommodate the proposed roadway section and provide increased vertical clearance. Modifications to the interchange include construction of a new off-ramp from Route 24 Southbound to Route 140 Northbound and providing two lane entrance ramps from Route 140. Route 140 will be widened to provide a new southbound bypass lane between the intersections of the Route 24 Southbound and Northbound ramps and additional turning lanes. Traffic signals along Route 140 will be upgraded/replaced. Minor improvements are also proposed at the Stevens Street interchange to accommodate the widening along Route 140. The work will be completed using staged construction that maintains two lanes of traffic in each direction on Route 24 and 140.
A secure right-of-way is necessary for this project. Acquisitions in fee and permanent or temporary easements may be required. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is responsible for acquiring all needed rights in private or public lands. MassDOT’s policy concerning land acquisitions will be discussed at this meeting
Written comments 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: Highway Design Project Management Section, Project File No. 605888. Such submissions will also be accepted at the hearing. Mailed statements and exhibits intended for inclusion in the public hearing transcript must be postmarked within ten (10) business days of this Public Hearing. Project inquiries may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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