Public Hearing Notice WEST SPRINGFIELD - proposed Reconstruction of Memorial Avenue project
Overview of WEST SPRINGFIELD - proposed Reconstruction of Memorial Avenue project
The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Reconstruction of Memorial Avenue project. All views and comments made at the hearing will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible.
The proposed project consists of the reconstruction of Memorial Avenue (Route 147) from Colony Road (west) to about 500 feet east of Main Street, where it meets the MassDOT Morgan Sullivan Bridge rehabilitation project limit. The proposed improvements will enhance vehicular and pedestrian safety, provide bicycle accommodations and compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, improve vehicular traffic operations and incorporate a boulevard character by including “Complete Streets” design principles. Bicycle accommodations consist of buffered bicycle lanes which are either a two-way, 8-foot wide lane along one side of the road or 5-foot wide lanes on both sides. Project features include roadway lane width-reduction (for traffic calming), a center turn lane, dedicated turn lanes at all signalized intersections, sidewalks with grass strip separation and landscaping. Accessible ramps will be provided at all pedestrian crossings throughout the corridor.
A secure right-of-way is necessary for this project. Acquisitions in fee and permanent or temporary easements may be required. The town 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. 608374. 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 email@example.com
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 (MassDOT.CivilRights@dot.state.ma.us). 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 (10) business days before the meeting.