The Hingham Route 3A Corridor Improvement project is the subject of a feature article in the New England section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (NEITE), written by DCI president/CEO David Giangrande, PE, with the firm’s Manager of Strategic Development, Jerry Guerra. Specifically, the piece details the successful road diet pilot program that was conducted in July 2018 and that reinforced the viability of the planned lane reduction. The project is currently on the state’s transportation improvement program (TIP) priority list for funding and construction in 2024.
The article, titled simply “Hingham Road Diet Pilot Program,” notes, “With the delineators in place from late May through late July, the pilot program confirmed the findings of multiple computer-simulated models and reaffirmed the safety benefits that a road diet would bring to the stretch of road. In fact, the reality was startlingly close to the outcomes projected in the models, bolstering the theory that a road diet was a viable solution to the safety, efficiency and multimodal equity concerns long expressed about the corridor.”
The Hingham Route 3A corridor is a vital connector for South Shore travelers and is also one of the few ways to get to Nantasket Beach in Hull. With Hingham’s seaside recreation areas on one side, including Bathing Beach, and the town’s commercial business district on the other, it also serves as an artificial divide between the two. In addition to improving the safety of the roadway and adding multimodal equity to the corridor, the project is also designed to provide a better link between the CBD and the shore. This includes a shared biking path that ithe design plan extends throughout much of the corridor.
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