Pedestrian Safety Assessment and Complete Streets Prioritization Plan, Bridgewater

Town of Bridgewater
Bridgewater, Massachusetts

HSH assessed pedestrian safety in the Central Square area, Bridgewater’s Central Business District. HSH reviewed existing data from the Downtown Plan, the Old Colony Planning Council’s Central Square Parking, Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Traffic Operations Improvement Plan, and other available vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian counts to determine travel patterns in the Square. HSH also reviewed all sidewalks, curb ramps, pedestrian signals, and crosswalks within the Square for ADA-compliance. HSH developed multiple concepts on aerial base maps, and provided the Town with preliminary, order-of-magnitude cost estimates, and estimated time tables for design and construction of the improvements.

HSH also created a Complete Streets Prioritization Plan that widened the scope required by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), including significant data collection such as improving signal and ADA inventories, and identification of 15 or more top projects for increasing walking and biking. The Plan will serve as a Complete Streets road map that is easily updatable for decades.