March 29 – Design hearing on Harding St streetscape project

Tuesday, March 29 there will be a MassDOT design hearing about the Harding Street Resurfacing and Streetscape Project, which will extend the features of Canal District  improvements on Green, Millbury and Water Streets and make the street two-way. WBW and others submitted comments to MassDOT in February 2014 on the previous one-way design, supporting conversion to two-way.

Hearing will be at Central Mass Regional Planning Commission, upstairs at Union Station, beginning at 6:30pm. Doors open a half hour before so you can look over the plans and ask the designers any questions. See the handout for project description and a map of the project area. Per the notice, “The proposed project will consist of new roadway resurfacing, sidewalk replacement with cement concrete and stamped brick banding, minor curb realignment to install bulb-outs and recessed parking lanes, enhanced pedestrian accommodations, and period style street lighting. Other items will include minor utility adjustments, improved signage, enhanced crosswalks, street trees and landscaping and pavement delineation/striping for vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians traveling to/through the Canal District. The proposed project will also include changing the traffic pattern from a one-way alignment to a two-way alignment.” (that last sentence seems like a biggie to have at the end, no?)

WBW is really excited to see the city posting all design hearing notices on its website as soon as MassDOT issues them.

 

 

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