Joe SanClemente presents a complete streets solution built on consensus in Barnstable
October 26, 2012
At a recent public meeting on June 13th, Joe SanClemente, PE, AICP and John Medeiros, LEED AP presented a plan to address the much needed safety improvements along Falmouth Road (Route 28) between Bearses Way and the Cape Cod Mall in to the Town of Barnstable. This auto-oriented stretch of roadway was identified as a high crash location and has experienced several fatal pedestrian crashes in recent years. Taking a complete streets approach, HSH has been actively working with Town Planners, MassDOT, the Cape Cod Commission, abutters, and the public to reach consensus on a preferred alternative that would accommodate the needs for pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users.
The presentation outlined existing safety issues and a conceptual level plan to improve safety. Key safety enhancements being considered include the addition of pedestrian crosswalks at intersections with Bearses Way and the Cape Cod Mall Driveway; the introduction of sidewalks and a bike lane along both sides of Route 28; relocation of the driveway servicing Hess/Dunkin’ Donuts and other circulation changes; addition of a median along Route 28 and a portion of Bearses Way; and improved lighting along the corridor as well as other safety improvements. This complete streets/safety improvement project is slated for construction in winter 2015 as part of the State Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), funded through the Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP).