The study seeks to identify safe and convenient alternatives within the study area for all users of the roadway system including pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. The Study area consists of the Mashpee Rotary and the approaching roadways: Route 28, Route 151, Great Neck Road North, and Great Neck Road South.
The rotary was identified by the Cape Cod Metropolitan Organization as a priority area due to congestion and safety concerns. Congestion, particularly in the summer months, is a barrier to reliable access between the towns of Falmouth and Mashpee to the mid-Cape region. The rotary is also identified as a high crash location according to the multiple MassDOT and Cape Cod Commission publications.
Also, of key concern is accommodation for all road users including motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users. This is a heavily used corridor for nonmotorized users looking to access their jobs and retail destinations from their neighborhoods. Route 28 east of the rotary is also a key link in the regional bicycle network that presents safety challenges to these vulnerable road users.
Commission staff are out this summer collecting traffic data and will spend the fall gather information on crashes and existing conditions in the area. A series of public meetings will kick off in the winter with a “Listening Session” where the public will be invited to share these challenges they face and vision they have for the transportation network in this part of Mashpee. Existing data and community input will inform the development of preliminary concepts for the study area. In addition to state and local review, the public will have the opportunity to provide feedback of these concepts at a subsequent public meeting.
This study is the next step serve as a continuation of the previous Route 28 study in Eastern Mashpee that included the Route 130/Route 28 intersection through the Orchard Road/Route 28 intersection. Project information will be made available on the Cape Cod Commission website. The Final report is expected to be released in the fall of 2019.