WESTFIELD-The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is seeking public input on the Main Street corridor between Meadow Street and Delmont Avenue with a goal of improving pedestrian safety, transit accommodations, and connectivity for people walking and biking on existing and planned shared use paths and trails.
“This section of Main Street is a priority corridor because there is sidewalk on only one side of the roadway between Meadow Street and Delmont Avenue,” said Angela L. Kristiansen, P.E., senior engineer at Kittelson & Associates, Inc., in Boston.
MassDOT is overseeing the Route 20 Complete Street Improvements project and Kristiansen is serving as the consultant project manager.
“The Kittelson team is working for MassDOT on the preliminary design,” said Kristiansen. “We are also coordinating with city staff as we gather input and move forward with design.”
Kristiansen explained that approximately 170 postcards were mailed Oct. 23 to city residents who live in the immediate area of the project.
“The project team will review ways to provide a continuous path for people to travel along the corridor,” said Kristiansen. “We’d like feedback from people who use this corridor on foot, on bike, or on transit.”
The public comment website to share feedback is http://tiny.cc/Westfield and responses are needed by Nov. 15.
“Public input is always desirable associated with public improvements as they are ‘change’ which is always hard to get used to so input early is a heads-up on pending change and an opportunity to be heard,” said Mark Cressotti, Westfield city engineer.
Kristiansen added that public input “will be helpful in ensuring we address user needs in our design.”
For city residents who do not have computer access, written comments can be submitted to the Council on Aging, 45 Noble St., Westfield, MA 01085, or the Westfield Engineering Department, Westfield City Hall, 59 Court St., Room 311, Westfield, MA 01085, and comments will be forwarded to the project team.