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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 Fisher Way

    • 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 Fisher Way

    • 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 Fisher Way

    • 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 Fisher Way

    • 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. Fisher Way

    • Questions?

    • Contact information:

      • NMCOG: 978-454-8021

        • Beverly Woods: bwoods@nmcog.org

        • Justin Howard: jhoward@nmcog.org

      • Town of Westford: 978-692-5520

        • Paul Starratt: pstarratt@westfordma.gov