Cranberry Highway construction hearing, Feb. 15

Feb 08, 2018
Courtesy of: Massachusetts Department of Transportation Plans for reconstructing Routes 6 and 28 in East Wareham call for adding a concrete median for safety.

A long-stalled overhaul of Routes 6 and 28 in East Wareham is planned to begin this summer, with a $19 million project over two years to make the highway safer. An informational session on the project, designed to explain what changes are coming, is set for Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in Wareham Town Hall, located at 54 Marion Road. An informational meeting for abutting business owners will be held at 3 p.m. on the same day in the same location.

According to state officials, all views and comments made at the session will be reviewed and considered.

The project will bring major changes to the highway, which has seen several fatal crashes over the years. Additionally, officials are hopeful the improvements, while disruptive to businesses in the short term, will bring long term economic benefits to an area that has seen an exodus of businesses to West Wareham.

The plans were first unveiled in 2012. However, a lack of state funds pushed back the start date many times. Now, officials are ready to move forward. The improvements will be made to Cranberry Highway between the separation of the westbound and eastbound lanes near the Cranberry Plaza Shopping Center and a point approximately 900 feet east of the Red Brook Road intersection.

Construction will be done in two phases, the first in 2018 and the second in 2019.

The plan is to create two lanes going in each direction with a paved concrete median with sloped granite edging between them. The divider will stop people from cutting across the highway and making dangerous U-turns, while still allowing ambulances to cross over the divider, which will be around 4 inches high.

There will be designated spots for cars to turn around in two or three spots in that stretch.

Originally, the construction was scheduled to begin in 2012, but it has been delayed over the years. Town Administrator Derek Sullivan said this is because there were insufficient funds available for the state to complete the project at that time. Now, the money is in place so the project is certain to start.

Comments (6)
Posted by: Rjnjr09 | Feb 09, 2018 22:07

So with a slopped median, instead of veering over the yellow line, cars and just going to launch over it and really kill someone. Why not a guardrail down the center with multiple turn around locations. (i.e. Union pond, Stop and shop, Main ave, Red brook rd and Onset ave) just a thought.

Posted by: barnstorm | Feb 10, 2018 09:04

Good point, RJN. Jersey barriers would be a lot cheaper and certainly shorten the project time. I wonder how many tax dollars went into the project study and architectural sketches?

Posted by: Kress | Feb 10, 2018 15:26

Jersey barriers?  Isn't Cranberry Highway ugly enough?

Posted by: cranky pants | Feb 10, 2018 17:19

What's going to stop the zombies from playing frogger ?

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Feb 10, 2018 22:08

Is frogger another term for natural selection?

Posted by: Rjnjr09 | Feb 11, 2018 11:19

Not so much as jersey barriers but actual curbing or tension rope rail as you see on 495. Not as ugly as guard rails and still leave an open style view.  Other towns and cities have done so, leaving only sections sloped for emergency vehicles. People that cross that road should also learn to use the proper locations to do so and not wear dark clothes. It really is that simple. If they choose not to use a cross walk or light they should at least wait until it is clear, common sense really.

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