I-91 Exit 19 Changes Public Meeting Announced

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
Northampton

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

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3 Responses to I-91 Exit 19 Changes Public Meeting Announced

  1. Thanks for this notice. I live on this road, which is currently dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists alike. Most people think of the stretch from King to Bridge St as primarily commercial, but there are more than 300 residential households on that single block. Damon Road is a good example of mixed use, densely in-built, preserved green open space land use Northampton wants to promote; unfortunately, the residents of Damon Road have no pedestrian walkway or safe access to the bike path/rail trail on our street. I have wanted to contribute to making Damon Road safe and useful , but haven’t known how to connect with local government planning about this issue. I appreciate the links.

  2. I agree this is a really important project for the city. Remembering cycling and pedestrians in that corridor will do so much to enhance use and enjoyment of the Connecticut River, and keep the residents safe. I had no idea there were so many households over there! As they are not right at Damon Road, they are hard to see notice.

    Thank you for putting some energy in to this!

    Gina

  3. Pingback: Bike Trail Development Discussion Announced | Pedal Paradise

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