Harwich Says No To State Help on Route 124 Project

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HARWICH – Responding to strong opposition from town residents and Town Meeting, Harwich Selectmen are expected to vote against taking state funds for the project to repair Route 124.

Some residents of the area have opposed having the state involved, saying  the widening and straightening that was part of the plan would ruin the rural character of the one mile stretch of road.

State funds for the project come with specific conditions for the work to meet state guidelines. But if the town pays for the work itself, the design does not need to meet state highway standards.

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Harwich Department of Public Works Director Lincoln Hooper says he recommended that Selectmen not take the state’s$4 million contribution.

Selectmen are expected to vote down the use of state funds at a meeting June 2.