Congestion planning imageNo one enjoys being stuck in traffic, but it's become a fact of life. It happens to all of us and it seems to be happening more frequently.  Traffic congestion causes us to be late for work, makes us frustrated and increases the levels of air pollution we all have to breathe.  Congestion, however, is not confined exclusively to roadways. Overcrowded buses, trains and commuter parking lots are other examples of congestion we need to manage.

There are two general kinds of roadway congestion in southeastern Massachusetts: work trip traffic, which occurs during the morning and afternoon commute; and retail traffic, which happens mostly along densely built commercial corridors.

Projects intended to alleviate congestion or 'congestion mitigation' projects include: projects underway; projects that are planned; and projects needing further study.

Major projects that are currently underway to alleviate congestion include: the construction of the New Veterans Memorial Bridge (Brightman Street Bridge) between Somerset and Fall River; the construction of the new exit 8B on Route 24 in Freetown; and the relocation of Route 79 in Lakeville.

Major projects that are planned include: the relocation of Tucker Road in Dartmouth; the reconstruction of Plymouth Avenue in Fall River; and the reconstruction of the Route 140/Route 6/Brownell Avenue intersection in New Bedford.

Major projects needing further study include: the replacement of the Middleboro Rotary; Route 24 from Route 140 to I-495; and Route 44 from Arlington Street to Route 104 in Taunton.

In addition to actual project recommendations, operational and management strategy recommendations are also made in this chapter.  Replacement of outdated, pre-timed traffic signals, access management techniques, real-time driver information and other Intelligent Transportation Systems are all included in this category.



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