Envision Wakefield: Downtown Revitalization

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At November’s Town Meeting, residents voted to conduct a design study as part of the Town’s downtown revitalization project. The Town enlisted VHB, a civil-engineering consulting and design firmto help us conceptualize improved transportation for everyone who travels to or through Wakefield center in cars, on foot, by bus, or on bikes. 

Concept overview videos now available.

Aerial map of Wakefield with parts of Main, Albion, Water, Common, and Spaulding streets highlightedThis is an excellent opportunity to create parking efficiencies, including the addition of spaces where they do not exist today. We are also excited about the beauty and enhanced vitality that a new streetscape can bring. Pedestrian-scale lighting, carefully chosen building materials, new trees and sidewalk foliage, additional medians, and new areas for outdoor dining, shopping, or other events will create a more inviting, pedestrian-focused downtown destination.  

This proposal aims to improve the flow of traffic and create a better vehicular experience. Intersection geometries will be corrected to improve circulation, adaptive traffic signals will be installed, and wayfinding signs will guide residents and visitors to parking, local designations, and regional routes. 

This initiative will also bring our Main, Water, Albion, and surrounding areas up to standards set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act, making it universally accessible This means increased safety at street crossings, including narrowing the crossing distance at some of the widest points of Main Street, and accessible sidewalks.

New to the project?

Take a moment to read the FAQs. If you weren't able to attend the public meetings, all the recordings are available to view.

Voters at Town Meeting on April 29 approved moving into the second phase of design for this project. With resident and merchant input, we will further refine these concepts to create plans that can be submitted for state and federal funding.

What's been done so far?

  • Drone flight
  • Field survey
  • Utility survey
  • Base map preparation
  • Traffic data collection
  • Crash data collection
  • Road Safety Audit (RSA)
  • Traffic analysis
  • Side street traffic circulation
  • Side street right of way and geometry
  • Parking evaluation
  • Parking alternatives
  • Site walks and observations
  • Corridor design alternatives
  • Rockery configuration evaluation
  • Construction cost estimates
  • Construction funding eligibility evaluation
  • Public meetings
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