3A Project History
Route 3A / Rotary / Summer Street Corridor
- April 7, 2009 Rotary Analysis
The Board of Selectmen sponsored two public hearings/workshops to discuss the alternative improvement plans developed for the Route 3A Rotary in Hingham harbor and to solicit public input. The Board of Selectmen also hosted a meeting with the Town Manager from the Town of Hull to solicit their input on the design alternatives.
- July 16, 2013 massDOT Road Safety Audit: Summer St. / Rockland St. / GW Boulevard
In response to the December 12, 2012 Summer St Neighborhood Group Meeting, MassDOT conducted a Road Safety Audit for the Summer Street/G. Washington Blvd. corridor from North Street to the Hull Town Line. The meeting identified safety issues and potential enhancements.
Road Safety Audit (PDF)
- October 28, 2014 State Study
The Town submitted a request for a corridor study to the Central Transportation Staff (CTPS-State Transportation Agency). The request was approved and the study was completed in February of 2016. The report is available for review on the BOSTON REGION METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION (MPO) website.
Summer Street/George Washington Boulevard Sub-regional Priority Roadway Study in Hingham and Hull (PDF)
- April 27, 2015 Annual Town Meeting
Town residents voted and approved $400,000 for the detailed design and permitting development for the corridor to address safety concerns. Design Consultants Inc. (DCI) were commissioned by the Town to undertake the project design development efforts. Pressley Associates (Landscape Architects), working as a subcontractor to DCI, will work to make sure the Town’s concerns are addressed regarding landscape design.*
2015 Annual Town Meeting Video Coverage begins at 2:34:26
Note: Route 3A (State Owned Highway) operates under constrained conditions under existing peak summer months due to the large seasonal fluctuation in traffic volumes resulting from the waterfront recreational opportunities in the Towns of Hingham and Hull. The corridor is not pedestrian friendly and the connection between Hingham Square and the Waterfront is ostensibly cutoff. The goal of the project is to offer safety improvements that integrate Intelligent Transportation Systems such as cameras and vehicle detection systems, to monitor and improve traffic flows and to improve access to the Downtown Hingham Business District, Hingham Harbor and related business and recreational opportunities. Also, to promote and improve pedestrian and bicycle access through the improvement of sidewalks, landscaping and traffic control devices. Accommodations for trucks and buses will be enhanced through geometric improvements, and the integration of an emergency vehicle pre-emption system that will provide for safe and efficient emergency vehicle travel through the project area.
- April 5, 2017 Design Rollout
Rollout of Initial Design for Route 3A/Rotary/Summer St and Discussion of Massachusetts Area Planning Council (MAPC) and massDOT proposed Road Diet Pilot with funding from the Barr Foundation.
2015 Harbor Development Committee Video Coverage is approximately 1:20 and begins at 6:08