MassDOT Public Meeting on Arlington Center Safe Travel Project, Nov. 6
MassDOT held a public meeting to discuss revisions to plans for the Arlington Center Safe Travel Project, Wednesday, November 6, at the Arlington Senior Center. The major revision was the elimination of six parking spots and a taxi stand. MassDOT will use State and Federal funds to improve safety and mobility through the intersection of Mass. Ave., Mystic Street and Pleasant Street, and to connect the gap in the Minuteman Bikeway between Mystic Street and Swan Place with on-street bike lanes.
April 23, 2013 Documents
Project Background and History
The Town of Arlington received a commitment of funding from MassDOT to improve safety at the intersection of Mass. Ave. and Route 60 for all travelers including pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers. A major challenge is the gap in the Minuteman Bikeway between Swan Place and Mystic Street, which results in some cyclists riding on the sidewalk. This funding allows the Town to look at long-term safety solutions for this heavily traveled area.
In the spring 0f 2011 the Town hired Howard/Stein-Hudson, an experienced traffic engineering firm to work with an Advisory Group that includes Town representatives from Public Works, Planning, Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC), and the Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee (ABAC). Together they developed five options that were presented at a public meeting in January, 2012. A final plan was endorsed by the Selectmen on March 12, 2012.
“There are real safety issues at this intersection,” said Clarissa Rowe, then Board of Selectmen Chair. “We are pleased to have an opportunity to address them. The options presented by the project team are promising and we’d like to review them with the public to gather feedback to create the best solution for the future.”
The five options were presented at the November 21 meeting of the Board of Selectmen by Public Works Director, Michael Rademacher. Residents can view the presentation online, in the DPW Projects section under Arlington Center Safe Travel Project, at arlingtonma.gov/dpwprojects.
Residents can also view a broadcast of the presentation given to the Selectmen online at ACMi website, in the Video on Demand section, at acmi.tv (10:50 into the November 21, 2011 meeting).
Below are materials from the public input meeting held at Town Hall Auditorium on Jan 10, 2012.
Functional Design Report
Funding will come from a MassDOT program called Clean Air and Mobility Program (CLAMP) and is targeted to actions that will reduce air pollution by encouraging walking and biking and decreasing congestion. The priorities cited in the grant application include:
• Design and implement a Bikeway connection through this intersection.
• Reduce idling time by adjusting medians to accommodate longer left turn vehicle queues.
• Improve efficiency and reduce congestion by adjusting signal timing.
• Shorten pedestrian crossing distances by changing crosswalk alignments.
These funds are expected to be used for construction in 2013 or 2014.