Falmouth is considering bookending the congested business corridor of Route 28 with roundabouts in its overall plan to improve traffic in Falmouth.
A roundabout at the intersection of Sandwich Road and Route 28 would improve safety and traffic flow, John Diaz of GPI/Greenman-Pedersen Inc. told the select board at its meeting on Monday, July 12. A roundabout has previously been proposed for the intersection of Falmouth Heights Road and Route 28.
GPI/Greenman-Pedersen is working with the town department of public works on intersection designs and road widening in several areas of town.
Mr. Diaz and Falmouth Department of Public Works Director Peter M. McConarty presented an update on the project to the select board. The proposal includes changes to three problem intersections between Falmouth Heights Road and Sandwich Road.
Mr. McConarty said the project is still in the conceptual phase and public input will be sought before final designs are submitted to the state Department of Transportation.
Several ideas are being considered to improve traffic flow at the intersection of Sandwich Road and Route 28, which is near the Falmouth school administration building. Mr. Diaz said one option is to improve sight lines by painting and slightly reconfiguring the turning lanes, but he said a better option is to create a roundabout that would calm traffic and improve safety.
“It could be the best option,” he said.
The third area of concern is the intersection of Route 28 and Dillingham Avenue. Ideas to improve the four-way intersection include adding dedicated turning lanes, adding a traffic signal and aligning Spring Bars Road and Dillingham Avenue so they are no longer offset from Route 28, Mr. Diaz said.
The final portion of the multiyear construction project is to widen Route 28. Mr. Diaz said the state aims to widen the entire road Cape-wide, and this portion fits into that overall plan. The layout includes a 10-foot shared use path running along Route 28 on the east side and a five-foot sidewalk on the east side, with buffers of five feet or more straddling the road.
Public meetings showcasing the plans will be held later this summer, Mr. McConarty said. The soonest work would begin is in 2026.