Bates “Safe Routes To School” Project

Last Thursday I attended the MassDOT Design Public Hearing held to discuss the proposed improvements for the Bates Elementary School – Safe Routes to School (SRTS) project. Currently, the project is at 25% design stage.

I have added links below to the proposed plans and handout provided at the meeting. 
MassDOT provides 10 business days after the meeting ** Thursday, May 9th** to submit any additional feedback or comments if you were unable to do so at the meeting. A form to do this is on the last page of the handout.

The project consists of the reconstruction of sidewalk within the neighborhood of Bates and realignment of the Liberty Hill Avenue and Appleton Street intersection. The proposed work includes cement concrete sidewalks, wheelchair ramps and driveways, rapid flashing beacons, signs and pavement markings, minor drainage improvements and flashing school zone beacons.

I think we can all agree that the intersection of Liberty Hill and Appleton could use a redesign – especially for the kids walking to school and crossing that very long crosswalk and I believe these proposed changes address that for the most part. I am hopeful that feedback provided will be considered and additional solutions provided to quell those cars increasing speed from the Kernwood Bridge.

What would you add or change to the plans?

Please reach out if you have any questions about the meeting.

Handout: Link

Proposal: Link