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PROPOSAL 1: Streetscape Improvements

PROPOSAL 1

If the current access path is ultimately maintained, we propose an incremental set of improvements to the current pedestrian situation at this intersection. The existing crosswalk would be renewed with bright, painted street markings, improved lighting, and a new landscaping plan. The walking surface of the crosswalk would be brightly colored or textured for enhanced visibility. Street trees and flowers lining portions of Chelmsford Street and the crosswalk would make this a more pleasant walking environment, and new painted lines on the roadway surface would help to create a culture of safety and emphasize the presence of pedestrians to motorists passing by. Presently, painted lines on the road surface are faded and difficult to see. Furthermore, pedestrians wishing to access the train station from the Lower Highlands, or vice versa, must walk around the whole Terminal property (via the Lord Overpass) outside of rush hour. As this is not ideal, we propose revising the operating hours of the Rourke Garage’s Chelmsford Street gate to remain open during all transit schedules. This could be accomplished in the spirit of the present policy by locking the vehicular gate, but leaving the existing pedestrian access open. Potential security or surveillance measures should be studied to assuage the concerns of parkers who desire pedestrian supervision.

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LOWER HIGHLANDS NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN

Visualization of the intersection of Chelmsford Street and Westford Street with improved streetscape improvements to improve pedestrian access.

Lowell, MA neighborhood plan for the Lower Highlands  

In the Fall of 2009, a team of graduate students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning p...

Lowell, MA neighborhood plan for the Lower Highlands  

In the Fall of 2009, a team of graduate students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning p...

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