Southeastern Mass. planning group to form I-495 task force
The Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District, in cooperation with the state's Executive Office of Transportation and Public Works, is forming a task force to assist with efforts to examine existing and future traffic congestion along Interstate 495.
The first task force meeting will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Middleboro Town Hall. All are welcome.
The road segment to be studied spans seven communities — Carver, Lakeville, Middleboro, Raynham, Rochester, Taunton and Wareham.
Between Route 24 in Raynam and Route 25 in Wareham, I-495 drops from three to two lanes in each direction, causing traffic congestion during peak travel times and in summer months.
The study will also look at the interchanges of I-495 with routes 44, 18, 105, 28 and 58.
Furthermore, a proposed casino in Middleboro has the potential to significantly impact I-495. Due to the uncertainty surrounding the proposed Middleboro casino, the I-495 study will examine scenarios with and without the development.
Outside of existing and projected traffic issues, I-495 is designated as an evacuation route from Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts. Any proposed improvements to this corridor will also need to address the issue of evacuation in the event of a major catastrophe.
SRPEDD invites all stakeholders to join the task force and participate in this effort. This includes federal, state and local officials, as well as area residents and the business community.
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