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Start Date: 2019


Project Co-Applicants: Town of Barnstable, Cape Cod Commission
Grant Opportunity: 2019 Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) Program
Funding Request: $25 million 

This project is part of a 20-year, $100 million vision to improve access to the Village of Hyannis, the largest and most urbanized area in the Town of Barnstable and on Cape Cod, for all users.

Yarmouth Road provides direct access from Route 6 to Hyannis Center. The project area offers single lanes of travel with a narrow shoulder and no accommodations for walkers and bicyclists. It is also the preferred route for ambulances exiting Route 6 seeking access to Cape Cod Hospital, the largest emergency and health care service provider on the Cape. Due to significant traffic congestion on the corridor, many ambulances seek alternate routes which lengthens emergency response times. Traffic congestion also stifles Hyannis’ economic development as residents and visitors alike avoid the area due to long delays and the lack of alternative transportation modes.

The reconstruction of Yarmouth Road includes converting the roadway from two lanes to a four lane boulevard and the addition of a bicycle-pedestrian path connecting the Cape Cod Rail Trail to the transit hub. The project will serve the entire Cape Cod region, including both urban and rural communities that use the Yarmouth Road corridor to access the region’s largest hospital, national and regional retail stores, a vibrant downtown and harbor district, the regional airport, the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority Transportation Center, and ferry service to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard islands, among other services and amenities.

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