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Westford Center Traffic and Parking Study. Northern Middlesex Council of Governments 12/4/13. Purpose and Goals. Evaluate parking and transportation conditions within the Town Center Traffic Operations Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodations Parking Demand and Supply Study Goals:

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westford center traffic and parking study

Westford Center Traffic and Parking Study

Northern Middlesex Council of Governments

12/4/13

purpose and goals
Purpose and Goals
  • Evaluate parking and transportation conditions within the Town Center
    • Traffic Operations
    • Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodations
    • Parking Demand and Supply
  • Study Goals:
    • Assess existing conditions
    • Identify deficiencies and needs
    • Develop improvement recommendations
study methodology
Study Methodology
  • Evaluate Existing Traffic Operations
    • ATR Counts
    • Turning Movements
    • Crash Data
    • Level of Service and Delay Analysis
  • Inventory
    • Sidewalks
    • Crosswalks
    • Parking
    • Bicycle Facilities
    • Formulate Improvement Recommendations
public outreach
Public Outreach
  • NMCOG and Town Staff conducted numerous meetings for the public and project stakeholders:
    • General stakeholder meeting with Town staff and Town Manager – 11/15/12
    • Public meeting at the Fletcher Library – 3/11/13
    • Board of Selectmen Meeting – 3/26/13
    • Historical Commission – 4/4/13
    • Planning Board Meeting – 4/29/13
    • Library Trustees – 8/5/13
    • Board of Selectmen Meeting – 10/29/13
study area
Study Area
  • Key Roadways
      • Main Street
      • Boston Road
      • Lincoln Street
      • Depot Street
      • Graniteville Road
  • Key Intersections
      • Boston Road at Main Street
      • Main Street at Graniteville Road
      • Main Street at Lincoln Street
      • Main Street at Depot Street
      • Boston Road/Lincoln Street/Hildreth Street
traffic improvement recommendations
Traffic Improvement Recommendations
  • Consider Installing a Fully Actuated Traffic Signal at Boston Road and Main Street
  • Delineate/channelize Main Street at Graniteville Road intersection with pavement markings and/or median islands
  • Install curb extension on Lincoln Street at Boston Road
  • Reconfigure intersection at Depot/Main Street (realign Main Street westbound approach)
parking recommendations create overflow parking area on fisher way
Parking Recommendations – Create Overflow Parking Area on Fisher Way

Potential Town Center Overflow Parking Area

other parking issues to consider
Other Parking Issues to Consider
  • Do the public safety departments need 63 reserved spaces during every shift?
  • Can backup and unused public safety vehicles be stored at another location?
  • Should the Farmer’s Market be held on the weekend?
pedestrian recommendations
Pedestrian Recommendations
  • Add curb extension to slow vehicles making a right turn on to Lincoln Street
  • Address ADA compliance issues along sidewalk network and at crosswalks
  • Realign the crosswalk on Depot St. at Abbot School; add walkway on school grounds
  • Complete sidewalk network on Depot Street
pedestrian recommendations1
Pedestrian Recommendations
  • Participate in the Safe Routes to School Program
  • Address sidewalk snow removal
  • Promote the Tom Paul Trail
  • Install pedestrian-scale ornamental lighting
  • Repair sidewalk damage created by tree roots and address sidewalk and crosswalk deficiencies (insufficient sidewalk width and poor pavement condition in some locations)
bicycle facility recommendations
Bicycle Facility Recommendations
  • Candidate roadways for bicycle lanes include Lincoln Street, and Main Street within the Center (would eliminate on-street parking in front of Fletcher Library)
  • Candidates for Sharrows and signage
      • Main Street (Graniteville Road to Depot Street)
      • Depot Street (Abbot School to Main Street)
      • Boston Road (Crown Road to Main Street)
    • Install bike racks: Town Hall, Library, Roudenbush Community Center, Abbot School, Parish Center for the Arts
thank you
Thank You.
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