Planned Offsite Infrastructure Work
The proposed public infrastructure project will provide much needed multimodal upgrades in the form of safe and accessible pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle access improvements to existing public amenities and the proposed mixed-use/transit-oriented development along Railroad Avenue. Specifically, this will include approximately 1,500 linear feet of roadway and intersection improvements which will enhance safety and connectivity at the convergence of the Bradford Rail Trail terminus, two arterial roadways, a number of neighborhood streets, the MBTA Bradford Commuter Rail Station and the Joseph C. Comeau Bridge which serves as a gateway to Downtown Haverhill. In particular, said improvements will include the following:
1. Realign Laurel Avenue with South Elm Street to reduce open pavement areas, driver confusion and pedestrian crossing lengths. The realignment will also provide additional separation from the adjacent Blossom Street intersection.
2. Realign Railroad Avenue with South Elm Street to improve transit bus maneuverability to/from the MVRTA Fleet Maintenance Facility located along Railroad Avenue and improve access to the proposed mix-use development. MVRTA bus maneuvers from Railroad Avenue are currently constrained by the existing bridge abutments that support the overhead rail lines and require encroachment into opposing travel lanes.
3. Realign Blossom Street with South Elm Street to better define the intersection, minimize the skewed alignment and reduce pedestrian crossing lengths.
4. Construct bicycle lanes to provide a direct connection from the surrounding area to the Bradford Rail Trail.
5. Reconstruct sidewalks throughout the project limits and install an enhanced pedestrian crossing with curb extension and rapid rectangular flashing beacon (RRFB) at the Bradford Rail Trail terminus.
6. Install traffic signal controls at two intersections to clearly define driver right-of-way and provide exclusive pedestrian crossing phasing.
7. Mill and overlay the roadway within the project limits with select areas of full-depth reconstruction to address the deterioration of the existing surface course and pavement failures.
8. Install updated signaling gear, and re-sequence the signaling on the Haverhill side of the Joseph C. Comeau Bridge