THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION – HIGHWAY DIVISION
NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING Project File No. 608717
A Design Public Hearing will be held by MassDOT and the City of Springfield to discuss the proposed Sumner Ave at Belmont Ave and Dickinson Street (The X) Intersection and Related Improvements Project in Springfield, MA.
Forest Park Middle School Auditorium
46 Oakland Street
Springfield, MA 01108
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 @ 6:30 PM
PURPOSE: The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Sumner Ave at Belmont Ave and Dickinson Street (The X) intersection and surrounding area improvements project. All views and comments made at the hearing will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible.
PROPOSAL: The project includes reconstruction of the "X" and other intersections along Sumner Ave, Belmont Ave and Dickinson Street. Major project elements include: reconstruction of existing roadways, realignment of critical intersections, new traffic signal control, construction of two mini-roundabouts, handicapped accessibility, pedestrian improvements, bike lane and shared use bicycle accommodation, bus stop accommodations, drainage, streetscaping and pedestrian plazas, landscaping and utility improvements. In addition, new shared use paths will connect the surrounding neighborhood to Forest Park.
A secure right-of-way is necessary for this project. Acquisitions in fee and permanent or temporary easements may be required. The City of Springfield is responsible for acquiring all needed rights in private or public lands. MassDOT’s policy concerning land acquisitions will be discussed at this hearing.
Written views received by MassDOT subsequent to the date of this notice and up to five (5) days prior to the date of the hearing shall be displayed for public inspection and copying at the time and date listed above. Plans will be on display one-half hour before the hearing begins, with an engineer in attendance to answer questions regarding this project. A project handout will be made available on the MassDOT website listed below.
Written statements and other exhibits in place of, or in addition to, oral statements made at the Public Hearing regarding the proposed undertaking are to be submitted to Patricia A. Leavenworth, P.E., Chief Engineer, MassDOT, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Attention: Roadway Project Management, Project File No. 608717. Such submissions will also be accepted at the hearing. Mailed statements and exhibits intended for inclusion in the public hearing transcript must be postmarked within ten (10) business days of this Public Hearing. Project inquiries may be emailed to email@example.com
This location is accessible to people with disabilities. MassDOT provides reasonable accommodations and/or language assistance free of charge upon request (including but not limited to interpreters in American Sign Language and languages other than English, open or closed captioning for videos, assistive listening devices and alternate material formats, such as audio tapes, Braille and large print), as available. For accommodation or language assistance, please contact MassDOT’s Chief Diversity and Civil Rights Officer by phone (857-368-8580), fax (857-368-0602), TTD/TTY (857-368-0603) or by email (MassDOT.CivilRights@dot.state.ma.us). Requests should be made as soon as possible prior to the meeting, and for more difficult to arrange services including sign-language, CART or language translation or interpretation, requests should be made at least ten (10) business days before the meeting. In case of inclement weather, hearing cancellation announcements will be posted on the internet at http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/Highway/
HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATOR JONATHAN GULLIVER
CHIEF ENGINEER PATRICIA A. LEAVENWORTH, P.E.
All utilities and contractors must be in good standings with the Engineering Division of DPW, which includes 2019 annual utility or contractor license fee and supporting documents. Please contact Patrick Garrity at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-787-6584 with any questions, as well as to obtain the most current version of the Occupancy Manual.
SPRINGFIELD’S DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
The Department of Public Works started Spring Yard Waste collection on Tuesday April 2nd. The Solid Waste Division reminds residents to place yard waste curbside on their recycling day.
Paper leaf bag bags should be thirty (32) gallon capacity; Bags and containers should not weigh more than 40 lbs. The City of Springfield cannot collect yard waste in plastic bags.
Hedge clippings, garden waste, as well as twigs and brush should not be longer than two (2) feet in length and one-half (1/2) inch in diameter and should be loosely bundled together.
For additional information on collection days residents can call 3-1-1 or (413) 736-3111.
Please set out this way…
While the single stream recycling program has doubled the recycling rate of the City, it has not come without some challenges. The biggest challenge facing the program is the putting of non-recyclable items in the blue recycling carts.
Recycling barrels that contain non-recyclable items will be tagged with an orange sticker and not collected. The resident will have to remove the items and put it out on their next collection day.
Hazardous materials and other non-recyclable items placed into recycling containers caused the contamination of 6 loads of recyclable materials in April.
One of the truck loads of recyclable material was contaminated by tar improperly disposed of in the recycling cart. Almost half of the contents of the entire truck were contaminated and had to be hauled to a landfill.
To some it may seem harmless to toss a rogue item into a recycling container. However, we want to make sure people understand that it's far from harmless. The simple act of placing oil or any other non-recyclable material into a recycling container can contaminate an entire load of clean recyclables.
The City will be launching an education campaign to inform residents as to what you can and cannot put in the recycling barrel. The "10 most unwanted list" flyer will be put in the May 28th edition of The Republican and also posted on the City website. This list is comprised of the 10 most commonly found non-recyclable items found in the blue recycling barrel. Flyers will also be available for free at your local library, community center, senior center or by calling customer service at #311.
The City will be utilizing grants from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Springfield MRF Advisory Board in order to fund this outreach initiative.
Please be advised that it is every property owner’s responsibility to keep their catch basins clear of leaves and debris. There are approximately 23,000 catch basins in the City and we do not have enough personnel to keep up with the demand of removing leaves and litter from the surface of the catch basins.
Also, please note that clean catch basins are instrumental in the proper drainage of streets, this is extremely important during the winter months when the thawing and refreezing of snow banks occurs. We thank you for your consideration and cooperation in this matter.