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Planners prepared to transform So. Deerfield

Study results to be presented Thursday at 7 at Town Hall

DEERFIELD — On Thursday , townspeople can find out how to turn downtown Deerfield into a safer place for walkers and bike riders.

Transportation Planner Jason Schrieber of Nelson Nygaard in Boston will present the final Complete Streets Plan for South Deerfield on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall.

The presentation is supposed to reflect the desires of the townspeople expressed at a series of meetings in November, including less pavement, more trees, and bike lanes and be a springboard to making real public spaces in South Deerfield.

The study intends to show how traffic calming, walkability, bicycling and business opportunities can be improved.

One of the proposals would be a public arts project, in which residents would be able to paint sections of town dominated by gray pavement, particularly by Park Street. It would include new crosswalk lines and bike lanes to slow traffic.

The redesign is supposed to connect South Deerfield residential neighborhoods with the downtown commercial district, surrounding schools and the former Oxford pickle factory site, which the town plans to use for commercial or residential development.

The project designers would leave it up to the Board of Selectmen to implement various pieces of the plan.

The project would have to be covered by the town’s existing maintenance budget.

This study is part of the Franklin County 2035 Regional Plan for Sustainable Development, a partnership among the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, town and federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. It is funded with a $60,000 grant.

You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at:
kmckiernan@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261 ext. 268.

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