Ayer Road TIP Project - JUNE 22 @ 7:00 pm

Resources for Harvard's Transportation Improvement Program Project for Ayer Road Reconstruction (Updated 6-16-2020 with meeting access information)

These pages include the resources for the proposed Ayer Road Reconstruction Project which will repave the road and add a 10' wide multi-use pedestrian/bicycle path. Currently this project is not programmed in the regional TIP but the Town is working diligently to get it programmed as soon as feasible. The design for the project has commenced seeded with the $300,000 allocated by STM in 2019. It is currently at the 10% design phase and will progress to 25%, 75%, and 100% as milestones are met.

NEW: A Q&A page has been established for questions and comments in regard to the Ayer Road Reconstruction Project. You can access this page HERE or use the link at left. These questions will be added to throughout the duration of the project timeline. If you have a specific question, please submit it to [email protected] or [email protected]ard.ma.us.

 

For more information on the Transportation Improvement Program Process, go to MRPC's website HERE. For information on transportation planning in the Town of Harvard, please refer to the Circulation and Traffic chapter of the 2016 Master Plan HERE

The Harvard DPW and Planning Board are co-sponsoring a listening session for the public scheduled for 7:00 pm on Monday, June 22nd on the online platform Zoom and agenda and Zoom login information to follow on this page and other locations. In advance of this meeting, we have received the 10% design plans for public review and there are currently three alternatives under consideration, as with plans linked in the titles below meeting information.

MEETING INFORMATION

The June 22, 2020 Public Meeting to discuss the Ayer Road Reconstruction Project will be held online as a Zoom Webinar. The Webinar platform is a little different than a typical Zoom meeting as follows:

  • No pre-registration is necessary. This is an open webinar.
  • Attendees will initially be muted and restricted from asking posted questions until the appropriate time during the Question & Answer (Q&A) portion of the program.
  • Attendees may have an opportunity to speak as determined by the moderator.
  • Questions may be submitted in advance of the meeting (up until 12:00 Noon on 6-22) to [email protected] and may be read into the record and answered by panelists depending on the applicability of the question and whether the question is a repeat or not. You may also ask questions regarding the meeting process using this email or [email protected].
  • An agenda for the meeting can be downloaded HERE.

Zoom Webinar access information is as follows:

Date: Jun 22, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Ayer Road TIP Project Public Meeting

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86543034865?pwd=cm40U3krRWhPNm14c1dySUhzU2dNUT09

Password: 141114

Or iPhone one-tap :
    US: +19294362866,,86543034865#  or +13017158592,,86543034865#
Or Telephone:
    Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
        US: +1 929 436 2866  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799
    Webinar ID: 865 4303 4865
    International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/k36f143ob

Once you enter your password, you will be placed in a waiting room and will be permitted entry by the moderator. If you are unable to attend, a recording of the meeting will be available on https://harvardcabletv.com/ the following business day.

Alternative 1 Plans

  • Maintain approximately the existing pavement width of Ayer Road and construct an 8’-10’ shared use path (SUP) with a 3’-5’ buffer on the west side of Ayer Road.  A 10’ SUP/5’ buffer is the typical section, an 8’ SUP/3’ buffer is proposed in locations with critical constraints.
  • Realign Gebo Lane to intersect perpendicular with Ayer Road.
  • Slight realignment of Poor Farm Road to improve sight distance.
  • Close access at Lancaster County Road to/from Ayer Road.
  • The shared use path will run north parallel to Gebo Lane then east along Lancaster County Road to bypass the constraint of the existing bridge.

Alternative 2 Plans

  • Maintain approximately the existing pavement width of Ayer Road and construct an 8’-10’ shared use path (SUP) with a 3’-5’ buffer on the east side of Ayer Road.  A 10’ SUP/5’ buffer is the typical section, an 8’ SUP/3’ buffer is proposed in locations with constraints.
  • At the existing bridge the shared use path would transition into the roadway.  Consider restriping Ayer Road to provide two 10’ lanes, a 2’ shoulder on the west side, and a 5’ bike lane on the east side.
  • Realign Gebo Lane to intersect perpendicular with Ayer Road.
  • Slight realignment of Poor Farm Road to improve sight distance.

Alternative 3 Plans (Updated 3-25-2020)

  • Widen Ayer Road on both sides to provide 11’ travel lanes with 4’ shoulders and a 10’ shared use path with a buffer on the west side of Ayer Road.
  • Realign Gebo Lane to intersect perpendicular with Ayer Road.
  • Slight realignment of Poor Farm Road to improve sight distance.
  • Close access at Lancaster County Road to/from Ayer Road.
  • The shared use path will run north parallel to Gebo Lane then east along Lancaster County Road to bypass the constraint of the existing bridge.

Note that Alternatives 1 & 2 would require more Right-of-Way takings and Alternative 3 would require more full depth box widening.

Roundabout

The reconstruction of Ayer Road has in the past involved discussion of adding a roundabout and the Town had retained a consultant to assess this component. However, as current Town consulting engineer TEC has indicated, the location does not currently meet the requirements for a roundabout and the 10% design does not include one. As TEC states, "A roundabout at this location was suggested in the traffic calming study prepared by Bristol Traffic to improve some of the deficiencies at the intersection of Gebo Lane/Ayer Road/ post office driveway and to slow traffic.  However after further evaluation it was determined that a roundabout did not meet the applicable traffic warrant analysis and would create permanent impacts to conservation restricted land, requiring legislative action."

For more information on the listening session now scheduled for June 22nd, please contact Chris Ryan at [email protected] and if you have a specific question regarding the project, please email [email protected] and it will be answered in the webinar on June 22.