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Ongoing Studies and Plans
Belmont Street Bridge Over I-290 Rehabilitation
The Belmont Street Bridge crosses I-290 just east of Lincoln Square in Worcester. The project includes replacement of the bridge’s superstructure and parts of the substructure. For more information on this project click here.
Worcester County Evacuation Plan - Phase 1
Joint staff of CMPRC and Montachusett Regional Planning Commission is working with the Central Massachusetts Homeland Security Council to develop the Phase 1 of the Worcester county Evacuation Plan. As part of this effort staff is collecting, mapping, and analyzing data sets that depict the state of the existing transportation systems, population/employment centers, and natural features to aid in the event of an evacuation. To learn more about this project please contact Sujatha Mohanakrishnan at 508.459.3335.
2014 Congestion Management Process Report Completed and Available
The former Executive Office of Transportation and MassHighway (now MassDOT), the Metropolitan Planning Organizations, and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, other Regional Transit Authorities and the former Caravan for Commuters initially developed the Massachusetts Congestion Management System (CMS) (no Congestion Management Process - "CMP") as a cooperative effort. Although considered a statewide system, CMRPC has been responsible for both developing and maintaining the planning region's CMP. Download the 2014 CMP Report here.
CMRPC Park and Ride Study
For more information concerning this study please contact Richard Rydant at 508.459.3312.
CMRPC Bottleneck Reduction Efforts
Based on the FHWA/FTA directive, a Traffic Bottleneck Reduction Program task was incuded in the CMMPO Endorsed 2010 UPWP document. According to FHWA guidance, a traffic bottleneck is defined as "a localized constriction of traffic flow." An expanded definition states "a localized section o fhightway that experiences reduced speeds and inherent delays due to a recurring operational influence or a nonrecurring impaction event." CMRPC staff performed three congestion audits at Route 9 (Belmont Street) and I-290 Ramps (exit 17) in Worcester, Route 122 and Church Street (Plummer Corner) in Northbridge, and Route 9 and Route 31 in downtown Spencer. To read the report summarizing these three audits, click here. For more information concerning this effort, please contact Richard Rydant at 508.459.3312.