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Additional $4M to improve infrastructure on Route 3A approved by State

At the Harbor Development Committee meeting on Wednesday night, Route 3A Task Force member Deirdre Anderson announced that the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) approved a second round of funding for the Route 3A/Summer Street Rotary Project as part of its Transportation Improvement Plan for 2021-25. The new funding amounts to $4 million. The project, which has seen incremental improvements along the way, was previously approved by the MPO. Originally it was estimated to cost $8.7 million and was to be completed by 2024. The first round included funding for the road diet study that took place in 2018.

“Town Administrator Tom Mayo and congressional representatives were at the meeting,” shared Anderson.

When Harbor Development Committee member Marco Boer asked about progress, Anderson updated the Committee on the engineering design work for the North Street and Route 3A intersection which is right by Stars on Hingham Harbor. “Wayne Keefner, a civil engineer with Design Consultants working with the town, is revising the construction plans before the task force approaches the state for design exceptions for the roadway,” explained Anderson. The grant was applied for is under the Complete Streets program which comes with specific requirements that the Task Force will look to have waived.

Since its last meeting in February, the Route 3A Task Force has been finalizing design plans for the intersection. The design has been difficult for engineers due to the close proximity of the roadways to the harbor and downtown businesses. Due to these engineering limitations, the Task Force plans to ask MassDOT for permission to deviate from its criteria for bicycle and pedestrian paths which are required on all applications.

The Route 3A Task Force plans to discuss the design in greater detail at its next meeting on May 14th.

“In the coming weeks, once the design for the North Street intersection is finalized, they (Route 3A Task Force) want to meet with the Harbor Development Committee, Veterans Department and representatives from the Historical Commission and every constituent with parcels in the harbor to talk about overall landscape and design issues with regard to pedestrian and bicycle access on the shared use path and how it intersects with the harbor walk,” said Anderson.

In total, more than $12 million will be invested in the reconstruction of this section of the roadway from the Hingham Lobster Pound on Route 3A to the Rockland Street and George Washington Boulevard intersection near the Hingham/Hull line. The roadway improvements are expected to help reduce vehicular accidents at the harbor through the redesign of turn lanes and the rotary.

On April 30th, the MPO voted to release a draft of the latest Transportation Improvement Plan for a 21-day public review period. It had to be approved by the MPO first before it could go out to public comment, and it will be officially voted on at their meeting on the 28th where it is expected that the MPO will endorse it. Comments will be accepted from members of the public through May 21st. During the public comment period, the MPO will host some meetings: one board meeting on May 14th and two virtual open houses on May 7th and 18th.

Questions and comments may be submitted to Matt Genova, TIP Manager via email at mgenova@ctps.org, phone at 857-702-3702 or online https://www.ctps.org/contact.

Harbor Development Committee members:

  • William Reardon, Chairman

  • Deirdre Anderson, Vice Chairman

  • Katie Doran Cutler

  • Marco Boer

  • Bruce MacAloney

  • Rosamund Conroy

Route 3A Task Force members:

  • Judy Sneath – Chair

  • Deirdre Anderson

  • Bryce Blair

  • A view of Route 3A from Otis Hill Road

    Alan Perrault

Coronavirus Strikes Town-Owned Senior Housing

According to the Lincoln School Board of Directors, two residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at the town-owned Lincoln School Apartments.  Both have been hospitalized.

Hingham Executive Health Officer Susan Sarni informed the Board of Directors of a second resident testing positive for the virus last week, said Chairman Dave Ellison.  The town provided very limited information which appeared to concern the Board.  They are unaware of who the individuals are, what their condition is and what to tell other residents.  Requests for guidance that were made to the Board of Health were not returned.

Directors suspect that the first resident may have been infected with the virus a couple of weeks ago during a stay at a nearby rehabilitation facility.  They were told the person was self-quarantining in an apartment but had no way to monitor or confirm that. Given the population that is served by the Lincoln School Apartments and the fact that they are among the most vulnerable to COVID-19, the Board worried about employing proper mitigation measures.

The building itself poses many challenges, not the least of which is because it houses seniors but doesn’t provide any targeted services for seniors.  Problems with the structure of the building make it rife with opportunities to spread the virus.  The laundry room is small; mailboxes are very close together; and there is only one elevator.

Corcoran Companies, the third party management company that is responsible for day-to-day operations, has implemented precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.  These include requiring anyone entering the building to wear a mask, requesting residents to stay in their apartments and putting certain policies in place to assist with social distancing.  Additionally, the
management company handed out masks and gloves, sends emails with updates and makes regular phone calls to residents.  But, since the Town owns and is responsible for this property, Corcoran stops short of creating an emergency management plan.

As residents walked past the Lincoln School Apartments this morning, there was no sign of the illness inside.  The two-story facility on Central Street sits in a neighborhood setting adjacent to the Hingham Armory and walking distance to Hingham Square.

As of April 14th, the state department of public health has reported 49 cases of coronavirus in Hingham.

According to the Town of Hingham website the  Lincoln Apartments, LLC is a Massachusetts Limited Liability Company formed December 3, 2008 as authorized at the Special Town Meeting held on October 27, 2008. Lincoln Apartments, LLC’s sole member is Hingham Affordable Housing Trust and its manager is a board of directors with 5 members, 1 citizen to be appointed by the moderator, 2 citizens to be appointed by the Board of Selectmen, and 2 citizens to be appointed by the Hingham Affordable Housing Trust.

Lincoln Apartments Board of Directors

  • Dave Ellison, Chairman

  • Greg Doble

  • Amy Farrell

  • Janet McNulty

  • Gretchen Condon

Lincoln Apartments, LLC leases the apartment building at 86 Central Street which consists of 60 affordable housing units from the Town of Hingham under a Ground Lease.

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