Complete Streets Program
The Town of Concord is in the process of developing a Complete Streets Program to improve our transportation network for all modes by safely connecting home, work, school, shopping, dining, recreation and more. In July 2018, the Concord Select Board adopted a Complete Streets Policy which was subsequently approved by the MassDOT as part of the “Tier 1” requirements.
By incorporating these Complete Streets guiding principles, Concord will advance its efforts to create a transportation network that provides safety and accessibility for all users of our roadways, trails, and transit systems, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, motorists, freight and commercial vehicles, and emergency vehicles. Concord recognizes that Complete Streets can increase everyday physical activity by enabling additional walking and bicycling by its residents and visitors. The Town’s Complete Streets Policy will be applied in decision-making for related infrastructure planning and construction.
In order to qualify for State grant funding to assist in the implementation of our Complete Streets goals, Concord was required to complete a Prioritization Plan, identifying the top ranked projects recommended for construction. This is known as the “Tier 2” phase.
Possible projects to include on the list were identified after soliciting public input which included::
- A public workshop was held on July 24, 2019.
- One week prior, and one week following the public workshop, an interactive WikiMap was posted on the Town’s website where residents, businesses and institutions could log and comment on various transportation issues in Concord.
- Public input was solicited by Town staff at the West Concord Open House held at the Harvey Wheeler Center.
- Information was proactively solicited from local cycling groups who provided a list of their highest priority concerns.
- CPW’s Engineering and Planning Divisions compiled a list of project suggestions based on requests collected over the last several year.
- Project Consultant, Jacobs Engineering, compiled and analyzed data from a variety of sources to identify “network gaps,” where the Town has insufficient infrastructure to allow people to walk or bike safely to destinations.
- After considering all possible projects from these varied sources, Jacobs Engineering created a list of 52 projects for the Town’s Complete Streets Working Group to consider. The Working Group then reviewed the list of 52 projects and narrowed it down to 26 to be considered by MassDOT for acceptance during the 5 year planning time horizon. Those 26 projects were then ranked based on factors, such as connectivity to schools and public buildings, to produce a proposed list of projects to then be evaluated to develop more detailed cost estimates.
Based on all of this information, Concord completed its draft Prioritization Plan, which can be found by clicking on the link below. This plan was presented at a Public meeting of the Public Works Commission on September 11, 2019 and submitted to Mass DOT for approval.
o Sudbury Road
Engineering staff performed an on the ground survey for this project which aided in the evaluation of the existing sight distance for the intersection of Sudbury Road, Oxbow Road, Seven Star Lane , and Garfield road. It was determined that there are existing sight distance issues that need to be remedied prior to the installation of the requested sidewalk. Engineering staff prepared a preliminary design which was presented in the Traffic Advisory Committee meeting and given permission to proceed into final design. The final design continues to advance and it is anticipated that that the Engineering Division will request bids for construction of this project in 2021.
o Hubbard St
Engineering staff prepared preliminary design documents that included roadway pavement reconstruction, ADA compliant ramps and sidewalks, and drainage system improvements. National Grid informed CPW that there is a need to replace the gas main in Hubbard Street and coordination with National Grid will continue into 2021. A video inspection of the existing drainage system was performed which revealed that the majority of the existing piping is mainly intact, but drainage structures are in need of repair. The design documents will be updated to include a revised drainage design based on the inspection information and with National Grid’s new gas main coordination. It is anticipated that the Engineering Division will request bids for construction of this project in 2021.
o Commonwealth Ave
Engineering staff has been coordinating the planning for the Complete Streets project on a portion of Commonwealth Ave with Brookside Development which has obligations for certain right-of-way improvements in the area. A design services contract with a Subcontractor to design the entire project is prepared for the Town to execute in early 2021. Upon executing the agreement, the subcontractor will prepare the design documents and Engineering staff will review, add input into the design, and help coordinate with the West Concord community related to the project. It is anticipated that the Engineering Division will request bids for construction of this project in 2021.
Justin Richardson, PE, Assistant Town Engineer, Concord Public Works – Engineering Division, 978-318-3210, Jrichardson@concordma.gov