Topics: Roads, highways and transportation

Attention Drawn To Lack Of Rt. 28 Sidewalks

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town has filed for a Massworks Infrastructure Program grant to assist with funding the proposed 3,300-foot sidewalk construction project from Saquatucket Harbor to Harwich Port. The project is estimated to cost $826,500 and the town is seeking $576,500 in the grant application. But as traffic increases along Route 28, the need for sidewalks in other high density commercial areas, such as the stre...

HARWICH — Senior citizens will be rolling around town in style with two new council on aging buses, one purchased by the Friend of the Council on Aging and another expected to be delivered in the next week or so from the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority. The Friends of the Council On Aging held a reception on Saturday for James B. Athens, who recently donated $100,000 in the name of his wife, Helen P. Athen...

ORLEANS — Remember September? Cool breezes. Fewer traffic jams. A time when year-rounders are free to roam about the Cape. “My customers in Osterville, Cotuit, Sandwich, they'll take the ride in September,” said Sue Blake, owner of Main Street's Blake & Co. But will they if Main Street is under construction from Labor Day through Columbus Day? Those and similar concerns prompted Blake to circulate a p...

CHATHAM — A regional coalition of bike experts is peddling the possibility of a new bike path that would link Orleans with Chatham using a right-of-way under Eversource high-tension wires. Currently, pedestrians or cyclists traveling between the two towns either have to travel west all the way to the junction of the Cape Cod Rail Trail and Old Colony Rail Trail in Harwich Center – a detour of almost 18 miles...

Selectmen Approve Transfer Of Freedom Ferry Permits

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen on Monday night paved the way for the sale of the Freedom Ferry when they voted to allow the transfer of the ferry slip at Saquatucket Harbor to the proposed new owner, Jack Sheeran of Chatham. Sheeran also received the approval to transfer the vessel's Class F permit. An opinion from town counsel Matthew G. Feher of KP Law stated the Harwich Harbor Management Plan makes “clear that any tra...

ORLEANS — Town meeting said no to a $75,000 survey of Beach Road that would have allowed further consideration of laying out the route to Nauset Beach as a public way, potentially building a “Safe Pedestrian Sidewalk” along it. On a voice vote, the petitioned article fell short of the required three-fourths majority. “Beach Road is bigger than the residents on Beach Road,” Katy Day told town meeting as she u...

CHATHAM — When it comes to the plan to widen Route 28 at the intersection of Crowell, Depot and Queen Anne roads, selectmen are tapping the brakes. On Monday, engineer Keri Pyke of Howard/Stein-Hudson showed selectmen a new design that includes a modern traffic signal coupled with turning lanes and bike lanes on Route 28 west of the crossroads, but with less road widening on the east side of the intersection...

CHATHAM — With the weather feeling decidedly more spring-like, people are getting out their bicycles, dusting them off and hitting the pavement. But town officials have had bikes on the brain for the last year or so, and have unveiled an ambitious bicycle master plan that recommends millions of dollars of improvements over the coming years. “The heart of the plan is a list of 25 discrete projects,” bikeways ...

Bikeways Committees Wrestle With Rail Trail Branding

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The name “Old Colony Rail Trail” is a nice tribute to the railroad that once serviced Harwich and Chatham, but it doesn’t communicate some key information: where the trail goes. “I see bikers between Thompson’s Field and [Route] 137 looking at maps and trying to figure out where they are,” Harwich bikeways committee member Shanna Nealy said. Nealy and her group met last week in a rare joint session...

Selectmen Push Back On West Chatham Roadway Plan

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Critics of the West Chatham Route 28 reconstruction plan say they believe the project will take much longer than advertised to complete, impacting local businesses and traffic through 2021 or later. The board of selectmen is repeating its request to have MassDOT officials come to town to clarify the project time frame. In May, responding to a request by project opponent David Burns, selectmen as...

ORLEANS — When riders ask Orleans Cycle manager Barry Martin how to get to Chatham, he never suggests the direct route down Route 28. Martin puts the cyclists on the Cape Cod Rail Trail, which runs by his Main Street shop, for the 18-mile journey into Harwich and onto the spur that runs back into Chatham. In an interview last week, he said he's concerned about visitors who are “oblivious” to the reality that...

Port Sidewalk Plan Taking Shape

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH PORT — When renovations are complete, Saquatucket Harbor will be a major attraction for summer visitors. Town officials want to make sure that, for pedestrians coming from the nearby shopping district, it isn't an attractive nuisance. Coming from the village center, there are sidewalks along Route 28 from the Bank Street intersection to a point just beyond Snow Inn Road, but not quite to the popular ...

CHATHAM — Selectmen Tuesday were given three concepts for rebuilding the busy intersection of Main Street, Crowell Road and Queen Anne Road. But because the first choice made no major changes, and a roundabout was ruled out by engineers, the board chose option three: a wider intersection with new traffic lights and turning lanes on Route 28. That concept will now begin a lengthy public comment and design proce...

Route 28 West Harwich Design Funding Approved

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town has approved a design contract for road improvements along Route 28 from the Herring River Bridge to Upper County Road in Dennis. Selectmen voted to issue the first of a three-phase contract Monday night. The goal of the project is to create pedestrian connectivity, develop a consistent roadway cross-section, and provide Americans with Disability Act accessibility and bicycle accommodations....