Cape Cod Residents Give Input on Canal Transportation Study

studyBOURNE –A third public meeting on the Cape Cod Canal Transportation Study was held on Thursday night on the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Campus.

The meeting was part of a series of public forums on the study that was intended to inform and solicit input from the general public on the study’s progress.

“Years ago, the engineers used to just sit in rooms and come up with solutions that they thought would work but sometimes they didn’t think about the human elements, so we’re out here because it’s a very important part of our study,” said MassDOT Canal Study Project Manager Ethan Britland.

Short-term improvements for the canal study area include adding turning lanes, improving striping and signage and adding traffic signals to high crash intersections.

Mid-term solutions for the canal study area included relocating Exit 1C off of Route 6 further south so that the new entrance road connects to Route 130.

Other mid-term solutions included adding a third travel lane on Route 6 from Exit 1A to Exit 2 to alleviate traffic and creating a new on-ramp from Scenic Highway to Route 25 Westbound.

With Park and Ride Lots in high demand, the study team also found that a mid-term solution of having an additional park and ride lot off of Route 130 near Exit 2.

Future public meetings will focus on alternative analysis and study recommendations.

Members of the study team will produce a final report that includes analytical findings, a recommended plan of transportation improvements, preliminary cost estimates, and a comprehensive implementation plan.

“We’re going to take all these concepts and start to analyze them, start to pull in actual volume numbers and use our models and see how things operate,” said Britland.

By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, CapeCod.com Newscenter