Meeting to discuss options for Franklin Arterial, Exit 7

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PORTLAND — The Maine Department of Transportation and the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System will host a public meeting to discuss the next steps for the Franklin Street corridor on Wednesday, July 28.

The meeting begins the second phase of the city’s process to improve Franklin Street. From 5:30-6:45 p.m. a feasibility study of design concepts developed from last year’s public process will be discussed. From 7-8:30 p.m. discussion will turn to improvements to Interstate 295 Exit 7 to ensure a bicycle-pedestrian connection from Marginal Way to the Back Cove is created.

Design alternatives identified last year included a multi-way boulevard with four lanes in the center and two side access lanes providing parking and bicycle use; an urban street with bicycle lanes and parallel parking, and an urban parkway with landscaped median, limited parking and parallel bicycle path.

The meeting will be held at the East End School Community Center, 195 North St. Those planning on attending are encouraged to RSVP at 874-8823.