Cranberry Highway Reconstruction Scheduled For Next Year

Credit: Town of Wareham

WAREHAM – After reviewing comments gathered from the public at a meeting last month, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation is planning to being the Cranberry Highway reconstruction project in the spring of next year.

Senior Project Manager Carrie Lavallee said the stretch of road has an atrocious safety record.

“In just a three year period there were 450 crashes as well as 10 pedestrian crashes in 5 years with 4 fatalities,” she said.

The 1.7 mile stretch in Wareham, which is both U.S. Route 6 and Massachusetts Route 28, is expected to be under construction for 32 months or 3 construction seasons.

Lavallee said they have several goals. “The main focus is to improve the safety, so we’ve added in bicycle accommodations along the highway. We’ve also added highway lighting. One of the big concerns has been drainage, so we’re raising the roadway,” she said.

Other aspects of the plan include making the stretch four lanes with a median, installing curbing and sidewalks, traffic signalization and landscaping.

The street is expected to remain open to through traffic for the project’s duration. The DOT is still interested in public input.

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