Major Improvements Coming to Dennis Transfer Station

DENNIS – The $3.5 million project to redesign the Dennis Transfer Station is almost ready to begin.

Designs are nearly complete for the overhaul, which seeks to improve handicap accessibility and traffic flow. Plans also call for upgraded facilities for recycling and station staff.

Director of the Department of Public Works David Johnson said the project will be a “big improvement” for the transfer station.

“Our intent with this project is to improve traffic congestion in cueing at the entrance, improve traffic circulation, expand the recycling facilities, provide facilities for staff and equipment, and relocate the swap shop to inside the facility,” said Johnson.

The new, larger recycling facility will be constructed to improve public safety at the station, as well as enhance its recycling operations.

“At the entrance to the transfer station, as all of you who use the transfer station know, moving through the recycling area where we have recycling activities happening on both sides of the road way where you’re entrancing causes people to be in the path of vehicles. It’s just not a very safe situation,” Engineering Consultant Mark White said.

“So, the intent is to provide much more recycling facilities that also will position the town in the future to accommodate changes in recycling. Recycling only becomes a bigger and bigger part of transportation operations as they go.”

The current recycling area will remain operation while the larger, 10-bay facility is being built.

The construction of a new maintenance and office building with handicap accessibility is said to be the most expensive of all upgrades at the facility.

By TIM DUNN, News Center

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