March 22, 2018, Update to the Three Design Options under Consideration
In the fall of 2017 massDOT narrowed the original eight replacement design options to three and requested Northfield community input on the three options. Those revised three options are shown below.
On March 22, 2018, massDOT held a meeting in Northfield to explain their changes to the three options based on the community input, and to request further input. massDOT collected community input at the end of the March 22 meeting, but have not released any details of those comments. They welcomed further community input, and by mid-May 45 additional public comments had been collected and sent to massDOT.
On May 15, under the front-page headline, the Greenfield Recorder published an article on the results of this latest community input. The headline proclaimed "Design Selected", and listed that design as number 2 below. In fact, as of mid-May, the design has not yet been selected by massDOT; the headline was referring to the very clear preference of the 45 comments for design number 3, not number 2. It is not known how the results of the 45 comments compares to the comments submitted at the March 22 meeting.
massDOT indicated on March 22 that they would hold another public meeting in Northfield, perhaps in late summer, to announce which of the three design options they have chosen.
Updated design option number 1 - traditional steel truss with slightly increased height over previous version. This option was favored more than option 2 but far less than option 3 in the latest list of 45 public comments.
Updated design option number 2 - tunable tied steel arch. In this option there is a lower inner steel truss under the tall arch. This option was the least favored among the latest list of 45 public comments.
Updated design option number 3 - tied steel arch. This option was by far the most favored in the latest list of 45 public comments.
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