Fifth phase of 'streetscape' on the horizon, but no bump-outs this time

By Lydia Goerner | Jan 09, 2018
Photo by: Lydia Goerner Selectmen Chair Peter Teitelbaum and Selectman Alan Slavin discuss phase 5 of the streetscape project.

Phase 5 of Main Street's 'streetscape' project is being planned for, the continuation of a project that has gone on for many years to beautify Main Street.

At the Jan. 9 Board of Selectmen meeting, selectmen voted unanimously to award the design contract for the fifth and final phase. The bid for the project is $48,000, which has not yet been appropriated for use. There will be a public hearing on the design and planned modifications to the street in the near future.

The first phase of the Village Streetscape Design Project began eight years ago. The project, which is funded completely by federal/state Community Development Block Grants, paid for road paving, benches, sidewalks, crosswalks, light poles and the installation of “bump-outs,” which are areas of sidewalk that extend into the street in an effort to make pedestrians entering vehicles and crossing the street more visible to drivers.

Phase 5 will tackle from Chapel Street to the town green. There will be no bump-outs in phase 5, however.

"When I hear the word bump-out, you couldn't get my vote if your life depended on it," said Selectman Patrick Tropeano. "Someday when I lose my mind I'm going to take a machine and I'm going to rip every one of those bump-outs out just by driving down the road."

Though no more unpopular bump-outs will be added, there will be additional traffic markings, warning strips, street lighting and handicap accessible walkways.

It could be several years before phase 5 is completed, said Town Administrator Derek Sullivan.

Comments (9)
Posted by: Spherebreaker | Jan 10, 2018 07:37

Its really too bad about the bump outs we are now stuck with. So many people warned against them but they were pushed thru. In my opinion it has made downtown less safe and less convenient. I am being honest when I say that I have parked downtown once since they have been in and that was to get stamps at PO. Its just much of a hassle parking my vehicle and fear my mirrors getting ripped off with present configuration. Most pedestrians I see crossing are not using the bump outs.

Posted by: Rosebud | Jan 10, 2018 09:33

I'd like to know what the feasibility is of removing the bump-outs?  Is it possible to remove them in phases?

Why anyone would want to make a main road more narrow in New England is beyond comprehension.

Posted by: Road rider | Jan 10, 2018 10:14

Perhaps the politicians will  see the votes and change the proposed unnecessary Phase 5 into a removal of the badly engineered bumpouts.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Jan 10, 2018 12:03

I avoid parking downtown due to the bumpouts.  Many do.  It is so unfortunate for the businesses.  When I do banking and Post Office tasks, I alway try to get a spot in front of Sovereign, away from the bumpouts. Now that Sovereign is moving into the old Friendlies building in East Wareham, I'll be parking downtown even less.


I heard that the long term goal is to make Main St run one way and Merchant's Way run the other.  That will widen up things so parking can all go on the diagonal and bumpouts won't be so detrimental.

Posted by: greycat | Jan 10, 2018 12:45

Want to get rid of the bump outs?  Put an article in the warrant directing the Board of Selectmen to remove them FORTHWITH and use some free cash to do it!

Posted by: WWreader | Jan 10, 2018 13:14

It's time to get over the bump outs. Just because some people can't figure out how to park on Main doesn't mean our tax dollars should be spent getting rid of them. Here's an idea, park on Merchants Way or in Pezzoli Square. It takes less than a minute to walk the length of Main Street in the bump out area. Get a little exercise and stop whining about the damn bumpouts.

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Jan 10, 2018 14:23

Why were tax dollars used for something that is proven to have no benefit and create a SAFETY issue for pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Jan 10, 2018 16:52

I get what you are saying WWREADER.  True, enough whining.  True, it isn't impossible to figure out how to park around them.  I would totally agree if the bumpouts had been there for a hundred years and were a part of Wareham Center.  Kinda like how nobody should complain about narrow, rough, slippery cobblestone streets in historic areas of cities because they have been there forever.    However, things were fine a few years ago before the bumpouts.  They added these foolish things that provide absolutely no useful benefit.  Folk condemned them long before they were installed.  Ill fated from before conception. But still jammed down out throats.  Hard to "get over" such stupidity and such a waste of my tax dollars.  For crying out loud, the stupidest one is the one haphazardly located in between Cumby's & Speedway.  I used to enjoy towing my boat in to fill up at Speedway.  Now that stupid bump out makes the swing ten times more difficult to maneuver a tandem trailer in and out.

Posted by: Rosebud | Jan 11, 2018 09:57

WWReader, the bumpouts are just plain dangerous!  Imagine an emergency vehicle trying to maneuver even a short distance down Main Street with heavy traffic.  It's not just a parking issue.

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