Main Street Traffic Revitalization
The Town of Barnstable selected Weston & Sampson to provide professional civil, traffic, and electrical engineering and landscape architectural services for the revitalization of Main Street in Hyannis. The design included upgrading traffic signals, sidewalk plantings, street furniture, and lighting, all in accordance with the standards developed by the Waterfront Historic District Commission. Weston & Sampson also designed roadway and storm drainage system improvements and investigated the feasibility of relocating the existing overhead utilities underground.
Funded by a Public Works Economic Development (PWED) Grant, the project was developed in coordination with the Town of Barnstable’s Department of Public Works Engineering Division, the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District, the Hyannis Chamber of Commerce, the Hyannis Redevelopment Action Team, and the Waterfront Historic District Commission.
Weston & Sampson performed the following services as part of this project:
- Designed traffic calming measures and signals
- Provided safe and accessible pedestrian crossings, including wheelchair ramps, to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations
- Conducted a community involvement and participation program, including a design charrette with involved town departments
- Developed a construction phasing plan to facilitate pedestrian and vehicular traffic during construction
Weston & Sampson worked very closely with the above public entities to create an atmosphere in downtown Hyannis that safely accommodated pedestrians and vehicles in this vibrant downtown area. Alternatives were investigated for various sidewalk widths and configurations to maximize the pedestrian experience in the downtown area while allowing safe cohabitation of the pedestrians with the adjacent vehicular traffic. Alternatives were designed and reviewed by town officials and in public workshops to gain input from representatives of the community.
Weston & Sampson performed full-time resident engineering services as well as construction administrative services to assist the Town of Barnstable in reviewing shop drawings, responding to contractor inquiries, and performing design alterations as required in situations where unanticipated subsurface conditions were encountered.