Upcoming public hearings

MAY 10 6:30pm at the offices of Central Mass Regional Planning Commission, upstairs at Union Station: MassDOT will hold a public meeting on their draft 2017-2021 Capital Investment Plan.  WalkBike Worcester is a member of Transportation for Massachusetts, which published this letter to MassDOT in advance of the plan’s release – check out the preliminary analysis of support for walking and biking in the CIP. Can’t attend? See this list of all hearings and dates. Public comments may also be submitted by email to masscip@state.ma.us.

MAY 25 6:00pm at the Worcester Public Library: MassDOT will hold a 25% design public hearing on the Blackstone Visitor’s Center. You may have seen the site work for this exciting and long-awaited project as you travel along Route 146. The hearing notice includes more details than most, so we’ll let it speak for itself:

The Project consists of the new construction of the Worcester Blackstone Visitor Center along Route 146 and McKeon Road.  This building combines the visitor center with the regional offices for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).  The project includes construction of a pedestrian bridge, a bike path, a lawn event space, picnic terrace and outdoor event space, and educational exhibits, both indoors and outside.

The Visitor Center and DCR offices will be housed in an 11,000± square foot, single story structure located in the central part of the southern portion of the site. Directly adjacent to the building, a 12,000 square foot lawn area for events and the bike/pedestrian path are planned.  The southern portion of the site also includes a seating terrace overlooking the river and parking for the Center.  The pedestrian bridge will be a single span bridge over the Middle River, connecting the southern and northern portions of the site along a ‘Heritage Walk’.  The Heritage Walk will include outdoor exhibits. Located on the northern portion of the site, a solar pavilion will provide a canopy for the smaller event space.  An outdoor picnic terrace, plantings and parking are also located on this side of the site.  The remaining project area located south of McKeon Road will be used for the bike/pedestrian path connecting to the recently constructed Quinsigamond bike/pedestrian path.

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