Concepts Available for Public Comment: Hyannis Main Street “Great Streets” Transportation Network and Streetscape Project
Elizabeth Jenkins, Director of Planning & Development
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(Hyannis, MA – February 7, 2023) The GREAT STREETS DOWNTOWN HYANNIS: A Walkable Heart for Cape Cod Project is re-envisioning how Hyannis Main Street and the surrounding streets and intersections are designed and function. The Town of Barnstable, together with project partners Jeff Speck and Stantec Consulting, invite the community to view and comment on conceptual designs for two-way streets and reconfigured intersections at tinyurl.com/hyannisgreatstreets.
The public is invited and encouraged to comment on the plans, which include conceptual street cross-sections, large-scale intersection redesigns, additional on-street parking options, and an on-street protected bicycle network. As discussed at a community meeting on January 25th, the conversion of the traffic network to two-ways and addition of bike lanes can be accomplished in the near-term by restriping the pavement, modifying traffic controls, and other short-term interventions. Intersection reconstructions are envisioned as longer-term investments to achieve greater walkability, traffic management, safety for all users, and enhancement of the downtown.
In the early phase of the project, urbanist and Walkable City author, Jeff Speck spoke about his experience transforming cities around the world and what this means for reimagining the downtown Hyannis street network and streetscape. That presentation is available on the project website and outlines the safety and community vitality benefits of two-way traffic conversions when paired together with other urban design strategies.
Each member of the community can be a part of designing the Hyannis streetscape by participating in the current stage of planning and future opportunities as they become available. Videos of past meetings, current concepts, and information about future meetings can be found at tinyurl.com/hyannisgreatstreets.
Your input is critical to successfully complete the transportation study. Public comment will be accepted through Sunday, March 19th. If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact Elizabeth Jenkins, Director of Planning and Development, at 508-862-4678.