Public input given for Complete Streets plan

  • The Town of Athol recently held a meeting to generate public input for the Complete Streets Prioritization Plan for a pedestrian-based infrastructure funding program. One suggestion included placing sidewalks on Pleasant Street near the school complex. —Athol Daily News/Kathy Chaisson

  • The Town of Athol recently held a meeting to generate public input for a pedestrian-based infrastructure funding program by MassDOT, part of the Complete Streets Prioritization Plan. One suggestion included sidewalk improvements on Pleasant Street near the school complex. staff photo

Staff Writer
Published: 5/7/2019 9:50:22 PM

ATHOL — The Town of Athol held a public meeting on April 30 to discuss the Complete Streets Prioritization Plan which is being developed for the pedestrian-based infrastructure funding program by MassDOT. Consulting team Howard Stein Hudson presented details of the program and existing conditions in the town.

Following the presentation, participants were given the opportunity to share their visions and concerns as they relate to walking, biking, transit and safety.

Participants were encouraged to think about areas of concern and lack of connectivity, including trails and open space.

Input about existing conditions included sidewalk improvements on Pleasant Street near the school complex, a connection with the South Athol conservation area, and improvements to Silver Lake Park and the area between Exchange Street and School Street.

Howard Stein Hudson will summarize the project ideas based on feedback from the town, the public and the online interactive mapping website. Comments will be used to identify priority areas and opportunities for transportation solutions that serve all ages and abilities.

Residents who couldn’t attend the meeting can still leave their feedback at the Athol Public Library, 568 Main St., or online at https://wikimapping.com/wikimap/Athol.html until June 12.

For further questions about this project, contact Director of Planning and Development, Eric Smith at planning@townofathol.org, or send a letter to: Eric R. Smith, AICP, Director of Planning and Development, Town of Athol, 584 Main St., Athol, MA 01331.


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