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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 volumes 2012

    Traffic Volumes (2012)


    Crash data 2008 2010

    Crash Data (2008-2010)


    Parking inventory

    Parking Inventory


    Pedestrian facility inventory

    Pedestrian Facility Inventory


    Traffic operations

    Traffic Operations


    Traffic operations with improvement alternatives

    Traffic Operations with Improvement Alternatives


    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 expansion of library parking lot

    Parking Recommendations-Expansion of Library Parking Lot


    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


    Bicycle recommendations

    Bicycle Recommendations


    Thank you

    Thank You.

    • Questions?

    • Contact information:

      • NMCOG: 978-454-8021

        • Beverly Woods: [email protected]

        • Justin Howard: [email protected]

      • Town of Westford: 978-692-5520

        • Paul Starratt: [email protected]


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