Massachusetts Department of Transportation plans for changes to I-91 Exit 19 into Northampton at Bridge Street and Damon Road to get a public hearing.
From James Lowenthal, President of the Pioneer Valley Chapter of Mass Bike, comes an announcement of an important Mass DOT planning meeting on changes to Exit 19 of I-91 in Northampton:
After more than a year of meetings and deliberations, the Exit 19 Project Advisory Committee (on which I represent MB/PV) will hold a public meeting to present the results of the process to date and to solicit public feedback.
Some of the things the PAC is considering could impact cyclist and pedestrian access to the Norwottuck Rail Trail where there is currently an at-grade traffic light controlled crossing, and cyclists trying to get to the rail trail from MA Route 9/Bridge Street, Northampton:
…still on the table [are](widening of Route 9 roadway, one or two new roundabouts, both probably double-lane) could have significant impacts on bicycling through that busy intersection, including access to Elwell Island and the Norwottuck Rail Trail.
The Norwottuck Rail Trail at that location is a major asset to the network of rail trails in Western Massachusetts. It is the connection point at Northampton and Hadley, and features the beautiful converted railroad bridge across the Connecticut River.
The meeting will be held:
Monday, March 7 at 6:30 pm (snow date: Thu March 10)
Bridge Street School
Changes to this highway interchange have been discussed for many years. Many thanks are due to James for serving on the committee and keeping cyclists interests in the mix. Show your gratitude and your support of cycling by going to the meeting. More information on the meeting and committee reports can be found at the committee web site, www.interchange19.org