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The new Franklin County Rural Road Guide is available

Staying on top of all of the regulations, standards, guidelines, and funding sources related to the maintenance and improvement of local roadways is a challenge for Towns. To assist with that, the FRCOG Transportation Planning staff have compiled the Franklin County Rural Road Guide, a quick reference for answers to common questions about roadway operations and regulations in Franklin County. It contains summaries of relevant information and links to the most commonly used and referenced transportation legislation, policies, and design manuals in one handy guide. The Rural Road Guide is available here. Please contact Laurie Scarbrough, Transportation Planning Engineer, with any questions or feedback on the Rural Road Guide: lscarbrough@frcog.org.

Amtrak’s Valley Flyer Back to Full Service!

All aboard Amtrak’s Valley Flyer! The Valley Flyer has service from Greenfield, Northampton, and Holyoke to New Haven, CT.  The Valley Flyer connects to New York City and beyond! The Valley Flyer is making stops for Times Square and Columbus Circle. Book your ride today at http://amtrak.com/valleyflyer

Public Review of the Draft Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership Recreation Map and Inventory

Through a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation for the Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership area, the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) and the Franklin Region Council of Governments (FRCOG) are developing an inventory and online map of the recreational assets in the 21-town partnership area. At this time, BRPC and FRCOG are looking for feedback on the draft inventory and map, which are available in the following links.

Map of MTWP Recreation Inventory: https://berkshire.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=44be5855f1614d3ea3d076fbbd4caf9d

Berkshire County Recreation Inventory (northern portion of county): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aAeRJZbz9K7UYP9rIe2gV5667DlIAXNx/view?usp=sharing

Franklin County Recreation Inventory (western portion of county): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lGpcbxD9gBzIQPBQaUM3CbtWE-dULlqI/view?usp=sharing

Please give us your comments and corrections by May 31st to:

Franklin County:
Beth Giannini, Franklin Region Council of Governments
giannini@frcog.org
413-774-3167×125

 

Public Review Period for a 2021 UPWP Budget Reallocation

The Franklin County Transportation Planning Organization (FCTPO) reviewed and released a budget reallocation to the Franklin 2021 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for a 21-day public review and comment period on April 27, 2021. This comment period will run from April 30 through May 21, 2021. Public comments should be submitted in writing to Maureen Mullaney at mmullaney@frcog.org.

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Public Review Period for the Draft Franklin 2022 Unified Planning Work Program

The Draft Franklin 2022 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) is out for a 21-day public review. The Franklin County Transportation Planning Organization (FCTPO) reviewed and released the Draft Franklin 2022 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for a 21-day public review and comment period on April 27, 2021. The comment period will run from April 30 through May 21, 2021. Public comments on the Draft UPWP should be submitted in writing to Maureen Mullaney at mmullaney@frcog.org.

Draft Franklin 2022 Unified Planning Work Program

Draft 2022-2026 TIP Public Comment Period is Open and Virtual Info. Meeting

The FCTPO reviewed and released the Draft 2022-2026 Transportation Improvement Program for a 21-day public review and comment period on April 27, 2021. This comment period will run from April 30 through May 21, 2021. Public comments on the Draft TIP should be submitted in writing to Laurie Scarbrough at lscarbrough@frcog.org.

Draft 2022-2026 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the Franklin Region

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments is hosting a Virtual Public Information Meeting via Zoom on Thursday, May 6th from 5:00 to 6:00 P.M. See meeting link.

Public Info Meeting Notice Franklin 2022-2026 TIP

 

 

The FRCOG is Accepting Traffic Count Requests

The FRCOG’s transportation staff is accepting requests for the 2021 Traffic Counting Program. We offer vehicle volume, classification, and speed counts, as well as bicycle counts and intersection turning movement counts. All traffic counts are available to our member communities at no charge.

Speed counts include detailed reports of vehicle speeding statistics that can help to assess citizens’ concerns, verify if unsafe speeding is occurring, and identify the best times of day to conduct effective speed enforcement. New this year, we are now able to collect spot speed data that can be used to evaluate posted speed limits. Although the Covid-19 pandemic is still with us, traffic volumes are steadily returning to normal levels. The FRCOG Traffic Counting Program will continue to monitor volume trends at key regional locations this season. We can advise on the appropriate timing to collect any traffic data you may need.

Please send in any requests for traffic counts using this form. Please submit a separate form for each count location.

2021 Traffic Count Request Form

Please contact Laurie Scarbrough at LScarbrough@frcog.org for more information.

Community One Stop for Growth

The Community One Stop for Growth is a new, single application portal for municipal governments to access 10 state funding programs for community and infrastructure projects. Check out www.mass.gov/onestop for details about the different funding programs, the schedule of important dates, and to access webinars about how to apply. The Commonwealth is encouraging municipalities to submit “expressions of interest” that identify up to five projects that need funding. These expressions of interest can be submitted from February 8 to April 2, 2021. Based on this information, the Commonwealth will provide guidance regarding how to proceed. Full applications are due no later than June 4, 2021.

New rounds of the MassDOT Shared Streets & Spaces Grant

MassDOT has announced new funding for the Shared Streets and Spaces Program to help municipalities address the challenges of winter and the ongoing public health crisis. This new phase of the Shared Streets and Spaces Program is called Shared Winter Streets and Spaces. The program provides grants from $5,000 to $300,000 for quick-build improvements to sidewalks, curbs, streets, on-street parking spaces, and off-street parking lots in support of public health, safe mobility, and renewed commerce.

MassDOT has allocated $10 million for this program. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and decisions will be made in four rounds. The deadlines for the 4 rounds are December 4th, January 5th, January 29th, and February 26th. Please note that this review schedule is different from the first, summer version of the Shared Streets and Spaces Program.

For further details about the program go to https://www.mass.gov/shared-winter-streets-and-spaces-grant-program.

Trail Improvement Work Completed on the Mahican Mohawk Trail

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.