Road Renovation Plans Could Eliminate Mattapoisett Trees, Parking Lot
MATTAPOISETT – The improvement plans for Main Street, Water Street, Beacon Street and Marion Road would result in the elimination of eight trees and a net reduction in on-street parking.
Jamie Pisano of consultancy firm Vanasse Hangen Brustlin briefed Selectmen’s board of directors on ongoing city street renovation projects at a meeting on April 29.
The project is part of the State’s Transportation Improvement Plan, a list of transportation projects eligible for state funding between 2021 and 2025.
At the meeting, Pisano showed the council a first draft of the road renovation plan, which included reducing the width of the pavement in some areas and removing some parking spaces for sidewalks and green spaces.
On Main Street, there would be sidewalks on both sides of the road between Route 6 and Church Street, where there would be no sidewalk on the south side of the road.
On Water Street, there would be sidewalks on both sides of the road, leading to Town Beach, where the sidewalk would only move to the south side of the road.
On Beacon Street, there would only be a sidewalk on the south side of the road.
In addition, certain currently existing on-street parking lots, such as the space in front of the hostel in the shipyard park, would be described. Pisano said he was unsure whether describing the 12 individual spaces would reduce available parking, but it was in line with state regulations.
Near City Hall on Main Street and on Water Street near St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, plans show the thinning of the roadway to preserve green spaces, which would eliminate some of the parking lot on street.
“I can’t see us reducing parking on Water Street,” Selectman Jordan Collyer said, adding, “At City Hall, in the general neighborhood, there’s a reduction of about five or six spaces.”
Pisano was unable to provide an exact amount of parking that would be lost in the plan as the current on-street spaces are not described.
Selectman Paul Silva suggested to the city to find out where cars can be legally parked in the city center and to identify the preferred spaces from there.
“And then analyze it from there,” he says.
Collyer said he would prioritize parking on the north side of Water Street over green spaces.
“If that sacrifices the green spaces … I prefer to keep the road wider [for] longer and accommodate the parking spaces on the north side for as long as possible. ”
Plans also call for the removal of eight trees – four that were deemed unhealthy by an arborist and four that would be removed to facilitate construction.
The trees in front of 43, 24 and 10 Main Street, at the corner of Main and Pearl Street, 18 Water Street, and one tree in front of St. Philip’s would be removed.
Collyer was of the opinion that trees deemed unhealthy could be removed, but healthy ones should be kept.
Additionally, the plan would see a blind merger of Marion Road and Route 6 turn into a 90-degree intersection.
Safety planners have also suggested that the intersection of Marion Road, Church Street Extension and Pine Island Road be transformed into a four-lane stop.
But Pisano said that with the 90-degree intersection of Route 6 and Marion Road, the four-lane stop was “difficult to justify.”
Pisano said the project has an estimated cost of $ 7.6 million, much of which would be covered by funding from the transport improvement plan.
The plan is currently slated by the state to begin in 2025, with public design hearings tentatively scheduled for the fall or winter of this year.
However, the Southeast Regional Planning and Economic Development District suggested that the project be postponed until 2026.
“We would need to contact SRPEDD with comments to the cities [and] others, ”Pisano said, explaining why the project is expected to start in 2025.