Public comment open on regional highway and transit projects – deadline June 19th

by beth on June 3, 2014

Lately, residents have expressed a lot of concern over future construction plans for Route 9 and growing traffic problems.

The topic has been raised in relation to both the Main Street reconstruction project and Park Central 40B development traffic plans. So an item on the Town of Southborough website caught my attention today.

It looks like now is your chance to weigh in on state decisions about construction plans for our area highways:

Public Review Period for Transportation Improvement Program and Unified Planning Work Program Begins May 21

Until June 19th at 5:00 pm, you are invited to comment on proposed state funding of transportation projects and studies:

The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has released two documents for a 30-day public review period. Members of the public are invited to provide comments on the federal fiscal years (FFYs) 2015-18 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)—the plan to finance transportation projects in the Boston Region over the next four years; and the FFY 2015 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)—the plan for funding transportation studies in the coming year.

There will also be three public meetings held before that date to answer questions and listen to comments.

If the term TIP above seems familiar, it may be from listening to officials talk about Main Street. The draft plan shows that reconstruction project on the TIP for FFY 2017.

The MPO plans to act on the draft documents and comments in a meeting on June 26th. For more details, click here.

To review the TIP draft, click here. To look at their database of projects under consideration, click here. (It lists several items for Southborough, including work at 495 interchange.)

To submit a comment to the MPO, click here.

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