Hotel, Wayfarer redevelopment plans go before Bedford Board
The DOT's project is expected to create a median running through the middle of Route 101, with work scheduled to begin in 2017 and lasting about two years.
The median would prevent traffic making left-hand turns in and out of the Bedford Village Inn property on Olde Bedford Way. In the meantime, Chris Rice, of TF Moran, is suggesting maintaining left-hand turns until the median is built. He is proposing building a 12-foot access lane going east, a 12-foot access lane going west and a 12-foot bypass shoulder lane going west at the property.
"Our concern is that if we were just to sign that area with a 'do not enter,' people are so used to making that movement of crossing eastbound traffic they'll soon realize they can't and stop in the middle of 101 into 40 or 50 mile per hour cars going the other way," said Rice.
Harold Newberry, acting chairman, said at this time the right design might work.
Carnevale restated his position about maintaining safety for his guests, and said he has posted signs at the exits of the inn suggesting that people turn left and follow the road to the Constitution Drive traffic light.
Carnevale described the exterior of the hotel, which will be Dutch colonial, with cedar-shake siding, a stone front and asphalt roofing. The building will probably have one gable and faux chimneys to support exhaust from the fireplaces in each guest room.
Former Wayfarer Inn Jeff Kevan, of TF Moran engineering firm, said the Wayfarer redevelopment will adhere to the historic features of the property, and the former inn and convention center will be torn down.
"We can leave the John Goffe's mill portion of the building. It can't be occupied. We may be able to use if for storage but it can't house a museum or other use with people in it," said Kevan. "We talked about a plaque or some other thing to identify the historic features."
He is also asking for permission for right turn lanes in and out of the property along South River Road, however some Planning Board members felt it could create traffic and safety problems.
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