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Trail Improvement Work Completed on a Section of the Mahican Mohawk Hiking Trail as Part of a MassTrail Grant

As part of a MassTrail Grant being managed by the FRCOG, the Student Conservation Association (SCA) completed trail improvements on a section of the Mahican Mohawk Trail. These trail improvements were completed this fall.  The improvements are one of four trail improvement projects funded through the grant award.

Photo showing trail work to clear fallen trees from the Mahican Mohawk Trail

A section of the Mahican Mohawk Trail where fallen trees were cleared as part of trail improvements.

A photo of a newly constructed trail crossing on the Mahican Mohawk Trail

A new crossing of Wheeler Brook was constructed on the Mahican Mohawk Trail as part of a MassTrails funded improvement project.

 

Erving is Awarded Complete Streets Funding

The Town of Erving has been awarded $399,596 for the construction of five pedestrian and bicycle mobility projects through the MassDOT Complete Streets Program. The grant is the culmination of close work between Erving and the FRCOG Transportation Planning staff to prepare a successful Complete Streets application. The awarded funds will be used for sidewalk rehabilitation and improvement projects on Central Street, Gunn Street, Park Street, Pratt Street, and River Street. Congratulations to Erving for their support of safe and healthy transportation options.

A picture of the existing sidewalk on Gunn Street in Ervingside.

Complete Streets improvements in Erving include restoring sidewalks on Gunn Street.

 

MassDOT Shared Streets and Spaces Program Funds Projects in Franklin County Towns

The FRCOG assisted several Franklin County towns to apply for funding through the MassDOT Shared Streets and Spaces Program. The program provided funding for communities to quickly implement improvements to sidewalks, curbs, streets, on-street parking spaces, and off-street parking lots in support of public health, safe mobility, and renewed commerce. The FRCOG assisted the Town of Gill to secure $20,023 in funding for temporary pedestrian accommodations in the town center, and the Town of Montague to secure $35,300 for temporary traffic calming and pedestrian facilities on Third Street, L Street, and at Unity Park. Additional Shared Streets and Spaces grants in Franklin County were awarded to Buckland, Greenfield, Orange, and Shelburne.

A photo to show the delineators installed to narrow the intersection and create more space for crossing pedestrians on Third Street.

Delineators were installed to narrow the intersection and create more space for crossing pedestrians on Third Street in Turners Falls.

To show the newly painted sidewalk area on Third Street in Turners Falls

As part of the Shared Streets and Spaces Program, an area for pedestrians was delineated with colorful paint on Third Street in Turners Falls.

Fluvial Geomorphology in Action! Connecting Point episode highlights the habitat restoration and flood resiliency project on the North River in Colrain.

The FRCOG’s 2014 Fluvial Geomorphic and Habitat Assessment of the North River in Colrain, funded by a grant from the MassDEP’s 604b Program, has led to the construction of a river restoration and flood resiliency project that is highlighted in this September 10, 2020, episode of Connecting Point.  The video is a great chance to see fluvial geomorphology in action.  We are happy to see the preliminary design funded through the MassDEP grant being implemented.
For further information please contact Kimberly Noake MacPhee at KMacPhee@frcog.org.

Northfield Awarded Complete Street Funding

Congratulations to the Town of Northfield for receiving a MassDOT Complete Streets Construction Funding award. The $372,620 grant will be used to construct nine mobility and safety improvement projects in Northfield. The FRCOG Transportation Planning staff worked closely with the Town on their Complete Streets applications and we are happy to announce this award for improvements on Moody Street, Highland Avenue, Winchester Road, Gulf Road, and Mt. Hermon Station Road, along with crosswalk upgrades on side streets in the town center and installation of Franklin County Bikeway signs.

The Moody Street and Highland Avenue intersection will be reconfigured to improve safety and pedestrian mobility as part of the Complete Street Program funding award.

 

Draft East-West Passenger Rail Study Released in advance of Final Online Public Meeting on October 22, 2020, from 6-7:30 p.m.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has released the Draft Report for the East-West Passenger Rail Study and is hosting the final public meeting online on Thursday, October 22, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be hosted online on zoom and the link to the meeting can be found on the MassDOT’s website.  The meeting agenda includes a presentation of the analysis of the final three alternatives, draft recommendations, next steps, and feedback on the Draft Final Report.

The Draft Report is available online through this link East-West Passenger Rail Study Report.  Comments on the Final Report will be accepted at the public meeting on October 22nd, and also may be submitted online through the East-West Study comment form by Thursday, November 19th, 2020.

The meeting will be recorded and posted online for those who cannot attend.  For more information, please visit the study website:

MassDOT East-West Rail Meeting Flyer 10-22-20

For accommodation or language assistance, please contact MassDOT’s Office of Diversity and Civil Rights by phone (857-368-8580), fax (857-368-0602), TTD/TTY (857-368-0603), or by email MASSDOT.CivilRights@dot.state.ma.us.

Public Review and Comment Period for Draft Amendment to the FY 2020 Unified Planning Work Program

The Franklin County Transportation Planning Organization will hold a 21-day public review and comment period from Monday, June 29 to Monday, July 20, 2020, for an Amendment to the Fiscal Year 2020 Unified Planning Work Program.  The document may be viewed at the link below or by calling 413-774-3167 to request a copy.  Comments may be emailed to mmullaney@frcog.org or mailed to Franklin Regional Council of Governments, 12 Olive Street, Suite 2, Greenfield, MA  01301.

Franklin 2020 UPWP draft amendment 6-15-2020

MassDOT Announces a New Funding Program to help Cities and Towns to Create Shared Streets and Spaces

MassDOT has announced a new funding program to help cities and towns.  The Shared Street and Spaces funding program will provide technical and funding assistance to help Massachusetts cities and towns conceive, design, and execute shared streets and spaces projects and engage their residents and businesses in that process. The program will provide grants ranging from $5,000 to $300,000 for municipalities to quickly launch or expand improvements to sidewalks, curbs, streets, on-street parking spaces, and off-street parking lots in support of public health, safe mobility and renewed commerce in their communities. Please see this link for further information on the grant program.

Please feel free to contact Beth Giannini at giannini@frcog.org if you have additional questions.

FRCOG’s Regional Pollinator Habitat Corridor Project Begins & National Pollinator Week is June 22-28!

The FRCOG will officially begin work on a Regional Pollinator Habitat Corridor Project during National Pollinator Week which is June 22-28, 2020.
Eight Franklin County Towns will participate in the Regional Pollinator Habitat Corridor Action Plan. Bernardston, Conway, Greenfield, Heath, Montague, Orange, Shelburne, and Wendell will work with the FRCOG to develop the plan.

Please see the flyer below for more information
Regional Pollinator Habitat Corridor Project and National Pollinator Week Flyer

For further information please contact Land Use and Natural Resources Planning Program Manager, Kimberly MacPhee at KMacPhee@frcog.org.

Draft 2021-2025 Transportation Improvement Program is Available for Public Review

The Franklin County Transportation Planning Organization released the Draft 2021-2025 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for public review on April 28, 2020. There will be a 21-day public comment period from Friday, May 1, through Thursday, May 21, 2020. Comments can be submitted in writing to lscarbrough@frcog.org or to Franklin Regional Council of Governments, 12 Olive Street, Suite 2, Greenfield MA 01301. The Draft 2021-2025 TIP has been revised per the comments received and is available for review at the following links:

DRAFT Franklin 2021-2025 TIP Text – REVISED
DRAFT Franklin 2021-2025 TIP Highway List
DRAFT Franklin 2021-2025 TIP Transit List