Green provided survey, design, and construction phase services to the Town of Natick and MassDOT for the Route 9 at Oak Street intersection improvement project. Prior to this improvement project, the intersection was high on the list of the Top One Thousand High-Crash Intersections. The project was of great interest to the Town and residents, it also included an intensive public participation process. To accommodate the improvements, Right-of-Way acquisitions were required, and we prepared Preliminary ROW Plans, Layout Plans, and Written Instrument. The acquisitions included State and Town alterations to existing layouts and permanent and temporary easements from abutting properties. We prepared all necessary ROW documents for this project in a timely manner, and the project was advertised on schedule. We coordinated with MassDOT to resolve these problems by converting the jug-handle configuration into a conventional 4-leg intersection.
The improvements included new traffic signals and added lane capacity on Route 9 and Oak Street. Major pedestrian improvements that included approximately 3 miles of new, ADA/AAB-compliant sidewalks were incorporated into the design. The removal of the jug handle at this intersection created the opportunity to introduce a landscaped area into this heavily travelled commercial corridor.