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MassDoT to hold virtual design public hearing for New Bedford’s County Street Improvement Project


What is happening?

The purpose of the Design Public Hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the County Street Improvement Project in New Bedford, MA. All views and comments made at this hearing will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible.

How will it affect you?

County Street between Nelson Street and Union Street currently does not meet ADA standards and lacks multi-modal accommodations. Reconstruction of this corridor will provide roadway safety improvements including reconstruction of intersections, sidewalks, rehabilitation to meet current ADA standards, bicycle accommodations, roadway resurfacing, improved street lighting, and landscape improvements.

WHEN: September 21, 2021 from 7:00pm-8:00pm.

Please note this meeting will be recorded. Information will be available on the website. Visit https://www.mass.gov/massdot-highway-design-public-hearings for more information.

The proposed project consists of roadway, traffic signal, intersection, sidewalk, ADA, crosswalk, pavement marking, bus stop, street lighting, landscape and other related safety and mobility improvements along County Street from just north of Cove Street northerly to Union Street for a distance of 1.3 miles. Bicycle accommodations will consist of a 5 feet wide bike lane on the northbound or east side of County Street from Hawthorn Street to Union Street and shared lanes on the remaining portions of County Street.

A secure right-of-way is necessary for this project. Acquisitions in fee and permanent or temporary easements may be required. The City of New Bedford is responsible for acquiring all needed rights in private or public lands. MassDOT’s policy concerning land acquisitions will be presented in the hearing.

Project inquiries, written statements and other exhibits regarding the proposed undertaking may be submitted to Carrie E. Lavallee, P.E., Acting Chief Engineer, via e-mail to MassDOTProjectManagement@dot.state.ma.us or via US Mail to Suite 6340, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Attention: Project Management, Project File No. 608535. Statements and exhibits intended for inclusion in the public hearing transcript must be emailed or postmarked no later than ten (10) business days after the hearing is posted to the MassDOT website listed below.

This hearing is accessible to people with disabilities. MassDOT provides reasonable accommodations and/or language assistance free of charge upon request (e.g interpreters in American Sign Language and languages other than English, live captioning, videos, assistive listening devices and alternate material formats), as available. For accommodation or language assistance, please contact MassDOT’s Chief Diversity and Civil Rights Officer by phone (857-368-8580), TTD/TTY at (857) 266-0603, fax (857) 368-0602 or by email (MassDOT.CivilRights@dot.state.ma.us). Requests should be made as soon as possible prior to the meeting, and for more difficult to arrange services including sign-language, CART or language translation or interpretation, requests should be made at least ten business days before the hearing.

This Live Virtual Design Public Hearing and any cancellation announcement will be posted on the MassDOT Highway Design Public Hearings website.

About Michael Silvia

Served 20 years in the United States Air Force. Owner of New Bedford Guide.

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