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NORTH STREET RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT Department of Public Works - Public Information Meeting Tuesday, March 6, 2012 (City Hall

, Hearing Room, 7pm)

Presentation Available: www.northamptonma.gov/dpw/Engineering

Recent History
2007 – North Street becomes a priority for repaving 2008 – DPW survey completed for repaving in 2009 2009 – Bay State Gas replaces gas lines, delaying repaving June 2010 – DPW Public Information Meeting (27 people) Began process for neighborhood input: Discussed traffic calming measures and evaluation of utilities that may need to be replaced. • October 2010 – Website Neighborhood Survey for Traffic Calming (74 responders ranked 22 possible improvements) This survey showed that responders ranked pedestrian safety and accessibility as their highest priority, with drainage, reducing truck traffic, and planting more trees running a close second. The next tier of ranking were bike lanes, and improvements to curbing and pavement markings. • • • •

Recent History (continued)
• Early 2011 – Further confirmation that utility improvements need to be included on North Street causing higher project costs. Budget constraints push North Street to 2012, and Conz Street Reconstruction takes priority. • Fall 2011/Winter 2012 – North Street under design for reconstruction including utility replacement (water, sewer and drainage), traffic calming, sidewalks, curbing, crosswalks, accessibility, pavement markings, and signage. • Summer 2012 – North Street Reconstruction Expected to Begin! (Warning: Probably will get worse before it gets better.) ▪ Tonight: Present Improvements and 3 Conceptual Designs. Gather feedback from residents.

IMPROVEMENT: Replace Water, Sewer & Drainage Infrastructure

IMPROVEMENT: Pavement Markings
DOUBLE YELLOW CENTER LINE W/ SHOULDER LINES ~3,000 FT LENGTH: BATES ST. TO INTERSECTION OF MARKET ST/WALNUT ST. 11 FT TRAVEL LANES: NARROWER LANES TO REDUCE SPEEDS

IMPROVEMENT: Install Curbing to Define Roadway ▪ Multiple types of existing curbing ▪ Bituminous runs with granite radii ▪ Remove and reset granite curb from Market St. to Highland Ave ▪ Propose narrowing Lincoln Ave throat

IMPROVEMENT: Install Curbing to Define Roadway (continued) Propose narrowing Market Street throat.

DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENT: Crown & Grade Road & Add Catch Basins

IMPROVEMENT: New Bituminous Sidewalks, Some Concrete ▪ Meet ADA requirements at roadway intersections and crosswalks ▪ Propose to add sidewalks, nearly full coverage on both sides

SOME EXISTING CONCRETE SIDEWALKS TO REMAIN

TREE CONCERNS: • Provide Tree Protection • Stump Removal

PROPOSE: New Sidewalk Along Cemetery TREE PLANTINGS: DPW will consider tree plantings on private property. Care of these trees is owner’s responsibility.

SIDEWALK CONCERNS Private property sidewalk transitions for several feet provided for in contract. Discussion with owner may be required on a case by case basis.

SIDEWALK CONCERNS Responsibility of owner to trim vegetation on private property or remove plants before construction begins.

IMPROVEMENT: Crosswalks/Signage • Provide up to 7 crosswalks along North Street meeting current DPW standards (16’) • Crosswalks at all side streets • MUTCD Approved Signage (on BOTH sides of posts)

L-. .=OTHER SIGNAGESIGNS, INTERSECTION AHEAD WARNING, 30 MPH, 1====--.JI LARGER STOP
NO PARKING, CURVES (WITH ADVISORY SPEED LIMIT)

NO PARKING ANY TIME

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IMPROVEMENT: Two Raised Crosswalks Under Consideration

JACKSON STREET SCHOOL

IMPROVEMENT: Two Raised Crosswalks Under Consideration

JACKSON STREET SCHOOL

CITY EMERGENCY ROUTE MAP Primary Route for Police-Fire Vehicles *Need to discuss raised feature plans for approval.
NORTH ST: 30 MPH SPEED REGULATION #7346 ISSUED ON January 14, 1986

PARKING: (D.A. Sullivan and Market/North Intersection

Concept Plans
• Concept 1 – Replacement in kind • Concept 2 – Layout, sidewalks and green space improvements • Concept 3 – Bike Lane