Norwottuck Rail Trail Resurfacing Hearing Set

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know the section of the Norwottuck Rail Trail between Hadley, MA and Amherst, MA has been in dire need of resurfacing for years now. The original surface included broken glass to make it pretty. Unfortunately, that wasn’t so good for the bike tires as glass worked it’s way to the surface.

Well, the Mass Dept of Transportation is holding a public hearing on the project on September 5.

Notice of a Public Hearing

A Design Public Hearing will be held by MassDOT to discuss the proposed Norwottuck Rail Trail Bicycle and Pedestrian Path project in Amherst, Hadley and Northampton, MA.

WHERE: Hadley Elementary School Cafeteria
21 River Drive
Hadley, MA 01035
WHEN: Wednesday September 5, 2012
at 7:00 P.M.
Project#: 605065

See the proposal portion of the notice after the jump:

PROPOSAL:

The proposed project consists of widening and resurfacing the existing bicycle and pedestrian path; replacing wood bridge decks and railing; constructing a precast concrete boardwalk; construction of rest stops and turnarounds, selective tree trimming and removal; parking lot reconstruction; cleaning drainage swales; erosion control; and other miscellaneous work.

A secure right-of-way is necessary for this project. Acquisitions in fee and permanent or temporary easements may be required. The Department of Conservation and Recreation, as well as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are responsible for acquiring all needed rights in private or public lands. MassDOT’s policy concerning land acquisitions will be discussed at this hearing.

Written views received by MassDOT subsequent to the date of this notice and up to five (5) days prior to the date of the hearing shall be displayed for public inspection and copying at the time and date listed above. Plans will be on display one-half hour before the hearing begins, with an engineer in attendance to answer questions regarding this project. A project handout will be made available on the MassDOT website listed below.

Written statements and other exhibits in place of, or in addition to, oral statements made at the Public Hearing regarding the proposed undertaking are to be submitted to Thomas F. Broderick, P.E., Chief Engineer, MassDOT, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Attention: (Project Management, Project File No. 605065). Such submissions will also be accepted at the hearing. Mailed statements and exhibits intended for inclusion in the public hearing transcript must be postmarked within ten (10) business days of this Public Hearing. Project inquiries may be emailed to dot.feedback.highway@state.ma.us.

This location is accessible to people with disabilities. MassDOT provides reasonable accommodations and/or language assistance free of charge upon request (including but not limited to interpreters in American Sign Language and languages other than English, open or closed captioning for videos, assistive listening devices and alternate material formats, such as audio tapes, Braille and large print), as available. For accommodation or language assistance, please contact MassDOT’s Director of Civil Rights by phone at (617) 973-7171, TTD/TTY at (617) 973-7715, fax (617) 973-7311 or by email to 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 meeting.

Go to the hearing if you can, and express your support for this important project. Thanks to Nick Horton of Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways for the tip.

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