Topics: Roads, highways and transportation

Future Phase Would Connect To West Chatham CHATHAM — The bikeways committee is peddling a plan to improve safety by separating vehicles from bike trail users along George Ryder Road. The committee endorsed a plan to build a separate path alongside the road to carry pedestrians and cyclists through the Old Colony Rail Trail without requiring them to mix with vehicle traffic. Currently, the bike path follows ...

Plans For Harwich Center Improvements Are Scant

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The town is looking at ways to make improvements to Harwich Center to benefit residents, merchants and cyclists, but exactly what improvements should be made is not clear. Town Administrator Joseph Powers made a presentation to the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) on Nov. 2 on the application the town has filed with the committee seeking $100,000 in Community Preservation Act funding for the im...

Town Identifies To-do List For West Chatham Project

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The long-debated West Chatham Route 28 reconstruction project is all but complete, leaving behind only a short to-do list and a slightly bruised relationship between the town and state highway officials. Chatham DPW Director Tom Temple shared his punch list with the select board last week for the work done between Barn Hill Road and George Ryder Road. The list includes several landscaping requests, l...

HARWICH — Road crews started work Monday reconfiguring parking and crosswalks in Harwich Center as part of a $142,000 state grant designed to boost business in the village. But the project doesn’t appear to have strong support from those businesses. Several business owners and residents say they were not apprised of changes that would take place along Main Street and they continue to have no voice in the shapi...

ORLEANS — Something more than a plain-vanilla roundabout is in the works for the intersection of routes 28 and 39 with Quanset Road in South Orleans. When members of the Orleans Improvement Association heard that the vexing confluence of multiple roads was going to be enhanced, they saw an opportunity to further their mission to “preserve and enhance the physical character of Orleans,” OIA board member Nancy J...

Businesses Protest Harwich Center Changes

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Business owners and residents are protesting the proposal to make changes in Harwich Center under a Winter Shared Streets and Shapes grant designed to improve safety and temporarily accommodate businesses during the pandemic. A dozen business owners, church officials, and residents met Friday afternoon with Town Administrator Joseph Powers at Exchange Park to discuss the temporary plans to alter park...

HARWICH — When it comes to activities with a huge carbon footprint, commercial air travel has to be near the top of the list. But thanks to the vision of Harwich’s Dan Wolf and his brother Jim, green air travel could soon be coming to the region. Their company, Cape Air, is making aviation history by purchasing a nine-passenger all-electric plane. The Wolf brothers spoke at a virtual forum held recently by t...

PLEASANT LAKE — Cape Cod Regional Technical High School students have a history of helping Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod, and now they’re looking to take the people who live in Habitat homes for a ride. A bicycle ride, that is. Students at the Pleasant Lake school are repairing and restoring bicycles to give to Habitat residents. The project is part of a SkillsUSA Week community service initiative the schoo...

Outdoor Seating, Lane Changes Coming To Harwich Center

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Major traffic and pedestrian access changes, albeit temporary, will be coming to Harwich Center soon. Property and business owners were provided a detailed description of proposed changes to Main Street in Harwich Center by Town Engineer Griffin Ryder last Friday. The changes are being facilitated by a $142,021 Winter Shared Streets and Shapes grant issued to the town by the Massachusetts Departme...

State Gives Nod To Route 28 Sidewalk

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town received good news from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s project review committee meeting last week: approval of the proposed sidewalk project from Saquatucket Harbor to Harwich Port. Cape Cod Commission transportation program manager Steven Tupper informed town officials of the approval of the project, which will require waivers from MassDOT’s Complete Streets Program. Th...

Lane Changes Could Help Promote Business In Harwich Center

By: William F. Galvin

 HARWICH — Officials are considering removing parking along the north side of Main Street in Harwich Center and shifting the travel lane to accommodate business on the south side of the road. That was one suggestion that came out of a Jan. 13 gathering with stakeholders and town officials as Town Engineer Griffin Ryder works on a Winter Shared Streets and Spaces grant application to be filed with the Massachus...

Harbor-To-Harwich Port Sidewalk Funds Rescinded

By: William F. Galvin

There's Still Hope For The Project, However HARWICH — Hope that a policy change in the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's Complete Streets Program could pave the way for a long-sought sidewalk along Route 28 from Saquatucket Harbor to Harwich Port may have been premature. The agency altered its policy on sidewalks and bike lanes, which could not have been accommodated on both sides of Route 28. Bu...

Court Rejects Suit Requiring Harwich To Upgrade Roads

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A Barnstable Superior Court ruling has upheld the town’s position that it does not have to maintain, repair or improve portions of Seth Whitefield and Round Cove roads. Resident Robert Fratus Jr. asked selectmen on a couple of occasions last spring to improve the roads. During those discussions, a number of neighbors protested against the request to improve the base along the dirt road section of Whi...

MassDOT Explains New Exit Strategy

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Potentially as soon as this summer, state transportation officials will begin renumbering highway exits on Route 6 and most other numbered highways in Massachusetts. MassDOT briefed the public on the plan at a session in Hyannis this week, and said the new exit numbers will be friendlier for drivers and will help emergency responders. Under the system, existing sequential numbers will be replaced by ...

CHATHAM – The town has had no word from National Grid regarding the incorrectly buried gas lines within the West Chatham Roadway Project area, and officials say work on the road reconfiguration may not resume until the fall. If that happens, the project may not be completed until December 2022, more than a year later than originally projected. The current schedule posted on the project's website shows utili...

Harwich To Move Ahead With Complete Streets Program

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The term “Complete Streets” brings up some uncomfortable memories for town officials who were involved in the planning process to improve road conditions along a section of Route 124 several years ago. The project had been approved for construction under the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the funding would have been provided by state and federal agencies. But one of the conditions, comp...