The Cape Cod Commission is partnering with towns to host virtual workshops on low-lying roads to identify vulnerable roadways and help craft climate-resilient solutions.
Commission staff are working with the towns of Barnstable, Bourne, Brewster, Dennis, Eastham, Orleans, Sandwich, Wellfleet, Truro, and Yarmouth to examine vulnerabilities in the roadway network and identify solutions.
With funding support from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and the Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program, the Cape Cod Commission has contracted with the Woods Hole Group to conduct a vulnerability assessment of roadway segments, bridges, and culverts due to flooding from the combined effects of sea level rise and storm surge.
This project will develop a prioritization framework to help identify the most critical road segments in each community. Potential adaptation solutions will be developed for two road segments in each of the 10 participating towns. Woods Hole Group will prepare three potential solutions, ranging from more traditional engineering solutions to green, nature-based approaches, for each of the prioritized road segments.
Virtual workshop attendees will learn about the goals and objectives of the low-lying roads project and the hazards associated with coastal flooding, evaluate low lying roads most vulnerable to coastal flooding and discuss which roads are most critically at risk, and identify priority road segments that should be considered for adaptation solutions.
The schedule for upcoming workshops is:
- Yarmouth: Nov. 29, 2021, 6 p.m.
- Eastham: Nov. 30, 2021, 2 p.m.
- Dennis: Dec. 7, 2021, 10 a.m.
- Sandwich: Dec. 7, 2021, 4 p.m.
- Wellfleet: Dec. 8, 2021, 4 p.m.
Citizens interested in attending the meeting in their community should use the following link and meeting details: https://capecodcommission.org/llr/join; passcode: join; or call in to the workshop at 929-205-6099, using the Meeting ID 935 5189 6265.
Further information on the Low-Lying Roads project can be found by visiting: https://www.capecodcommission.org/our-work/low-lying-roads-project/