ATTENTION DRIVERS

Road Construction

 

NOTICE OF ROAD CONSTRUCTION/ROAD CLOSURE – QUINAQUISSET AVENUE

The Town of Barnstable would like to inform its residents that the Town of Mashpee will be replacing a culvert on Quinaquisset Avenue at Quaker Run. Work is scheduled to begin Monday, October 9, 2017 and continue through Friday, October 27, 2017.

Between Monday, October 9 and Friday, October 13, Quinaquisset Avenue will be closed to traffic in both directions between the West Gate to Willowbend and WIllowbend Drive. Eastbound traffic will be detoured onto Orchard Road to Route 28. Westbound traffic on Quinaquisset Avenue will be detoured onto Willowbend Drive to Sampson’s Mill Road to Cape Drive to Route 28. Motorists travelling from Cotuit on School Street are suggested to detour at High Street to Route 28.

Quinaquisset Avenue is expected to reopen to thru traffic at the end of the day on October 13th. Construction will continue until October 27th and motorists should expect traffic delays during the work hours of 6:30 AM and 5:00 PM.

Questions on the project can be directed to the Mashpee DPW at 508-539-1420 or dpw@mashpeema.gov.

Please drive safely during construction.

 

Rt 28 Corridor Study

 

UPDATE: September 7, 2017

The project team, led by Steven Tupper, Cape Cod Commission, has been hard at work investigating a number of ideas that came out of the successful Listening Session on July 26th. They have been in the field conducting additional traffic counts and in the office drafting a series of concepts. If you are curious about what they have been working on, mark your calendar for the second public meeting. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 27th at Mashpee Public Library (64 Steeple Street, Mashpee, MA) at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will include a presentation of potential improvements followed by an interactive group discussion. The focus of the meeting will be the gathering of public feedback on the potential improvements for the corridor. This is the final planned public meeting for this project. A report will be prepared following a review of the feedback from this public meeting and any other comments received from the public.

In the meantime, check out the project website (http://www.capecodcommission.org/Route28EasternMashpee) where you will find a copy of the presentation and meeting notes from the July 26th Listening Session. Please feel free to contact Steven Tupper or anyone on the study team with questions or thoughts.

UPDATE: July 31, 2017

For those who could not attend the meeting, a copy of the presentation is now available on the Route 28 Eastern Mashpee Corridor Study website:

http://www.capecodcommission.org/Route28EasternMashpee

Meeting notes, including comments from the map exercise, are being compiled and will be posted on the website when available.

Mark your calendar for the second public meeting, Wednesday, September 27that Mashpee Public Library (64 Steeple Street, Mashpee, MA) at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will include a presentation of potential improvements, followed by an interactive group discussion. The focus of the meeting will be the gathering of public feedback on the potential improvements for the corridor. This is the final planned public meeting for this project. A report will be prepared following a review of the feedback from this public meeting and any other comments received from the public.

Please feel free to contact Steven Tupper stupper@capecodcommission.org or call 508.362.3828 with questions or thoughts.

 

 

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Route 28 Barnstable/Eastern Mashpee Corridor Study –

 Route 130 to Orchard Road

Public Meeting Set for July 26, 2017

BARNSTABLE COUNTY, MA – Cape Cod Commission, Town of Barnstable and Town of Mashpee staff will host a public meeting to discuss the Route 28 Eastern Mashpee Corridor Study on Wednesday, July 26that the Mashpee Public Library (64 Steeple Street, Mashpee) at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will include an overview of project goals and existing conditions, followed by an interactive group discussion. The focus of the meeting will be gathering public feedback on issues, opportunities, and visions for the future of the corridor. 

The section of Route 28 from Route 130 to Orchard Road was identified as a priority for investigation based on the congestion and safety issues experienced on this section of roadway. This section of road is often congested, with particularly significant back-ups experienced during summer months. This congestion is a barrier to regional travel as well as access to local businesses and residences. Additionally, safety issues exist at many locations along the corridor with more than 150 crashes occurring along this stretch of road over a three-year period. Also of key concern is accommodation for all road users including motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users. This is a heavily used corridor for non-motorized users looking to access their jobs and retail destinations from their neighborhoods.

The Cape Cod Commission, under the 2017 Unified Planning Work Program, is conducting a transportation planning study for the area with the goal of developing alternatives that will provide safe and convenient access within the study area for all users of the roadway system including pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. Potential context-sensitive improvements will look to improve safety, reduce congestion, and improve accommodations for all users. A 2nd public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 27, 2017 to discuss identified potential improvement alternatives. View HERE  for the latest Route 28 Corridor Study information.

Tropical Storm Jose WARNING

Update: September 18, 2017

…TROPICAL STORM WARNING IN EFFECT..

* WIND
– LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Below tropical storm force wind
– Peak Wind Forecast: 20-30 mph with gusts to 60 mph

* STORM SURGE
– LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Localized storm surge possible
– Peak Storm Surge Inundation: The potential for 1-3 feet
above ground somewhere within surge prone areas
– Window of concern: Begins early this afternoon

– POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited
– Localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low-lying spots, or in areas farther inland near where higher surge waters move ashore.
– Sections of near-shore roads and parking lots become
overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous
in places where surge water covers the road.
– Moderate beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong rip currents.
– Minor to locally moderate damage to marinas, docks,
boardwalks, and piers. A few small craft broken away from
moorings.

* FLOODING RAIN
– LATEST LOCAL FORECAST:
– Peak Rainfall Amounts: 4-8 inches, with locally higher
amounts.

– POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited
– Localized rainfall flooding may prompt a few evacuations.
– Rivers and tributaries may quickly rise with swifter
currents. Small streams, creeks, canals, arroyos, and
ditches may become swollen and overflow in spots.
– Flood waters can enter a few structures, especially in
usually vulnerable spots. A few places where rapid ponding
of water occurs at underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor
drainage areas. Several storm drains and retention ponds
become near-full and begin to overflow. Some brief road and bridge closures.

* FOR MORE INFORMATION:
http://weather.gov/box

Attention Town of Barnstable Mooring Permit Holders!

Please be advised of a potential strong wind/rain event next week 9/18/17.HERE is the link to the storm precautions web page.  Please take all necessary precautions and if you have any questions contact the Harbormasters Office at 508-790-6273

 

Mosquitos Test Positive for West Nile Virus

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Two more positive tests in mosquitoes for West Nile on Cape Cod

By Ethan Genter, Cape Cod Times

Posted at 8:49 PM 9/1/17
Updated at 8:49 PM

Mosquitoes collected in Cotuit and Falmouth earlier this week have tested positive for West Nile virus, according to local and state officials.

The latest mosquitoes to test positive for the virus were collected on Wednesday, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Falmouth also had mosquitoes collected on Aug. 29 test positive, as did Bourne.

Bourne and Sandwich were the first Cape towns to have mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus this year, both on Aug. 8.

Since then, mosquitoes in Sandwich tested positive again on Aug. 24 and Aug. 25, and Bourne had mosquitoes test positive for West Nile on Aug. 29.

Across the state there have been 246 positive West Nile virus tests for mosquito samples and one positive test for a human, in a person between 51 and 60 years old on Aug. 15 in Bristol County, according to state officials. Bristol County also had one positive mosquito test for Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Westport last month.

“West Nile virus is a mosquito-carried virus that can cause illness ranging from a mild fever to more serious disease like encephalitis or meningitis,” according to the state Department of Public Health.

Town of Barnstable
Regulatory Services
Richard Scali, Director
Public Health Division
Thomas McKean, Director
200 Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601
Office: 508-862-4644​ Fax: 508-790-6304

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced today that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Cotuit, Massachusetts. In 2016, 6,414 mosquito samples were tested for WNV and 189 samples were positive.

WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. The mosquitoes that carry this virus are common throughout the state, and are found in urban as well as more rural areas. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe infection.

By taking a few, common-sense precautions, people can help to protect themselves and their loved ones:

Avoid Mosquito Bites:
• Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours – The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning. If you are outdoors at any time and notice mosquitoes around you, take steps to avoid being bitten by moving indoors, covering up and/or wearing repellant.
• Clothing Can Help reduce mosquito bites. Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
• Apply Insect Repellent when you go outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin.

Mosquito-Proof Your Home:
• Drain Standing Water – Many mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.
• Install or Repair Screens – Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

The Town of Barnstable Public Health Division continues to work closely with the MDPH and other agencies. We contacted the Cape Cod Mosquito Control Program today which will conduct increased mosquito control treatment in Cotuit, including treating wetlands and catch basins with larvicides.

Information about WNV and reports of current and historical WNV virus activity in Massachusetts can be found on the MDPH website at: http://www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito.