Worchester Intermodal Facility Traffic Impact Study
When CSX planned to expand and modernize the Worcester Intermodal Facility, they turned to EMH&T to assist with traffic impact assessment, permitting coordination, and to ensure that the added efficiency of the intermodal facility was supported by the area road network. This facility lies in the urban heart of the City and was previously divided by a City street that connects residential areas to downtown and other roadway corridors. A key goal of the project was to join the properties on either side of this road in order to expand operations and improve site access. EMH&T examined alternatives including closing the road and keeping it open but elevating it over the site which was ultimately selected and designed. EMH&T’s study recommended operations at a new site access point, incorporated signalized access in an existing coordinated signal system and analyzed impacts at 15 intersections including 3 ramp termini associated with I-290 interchanges. EMH&T performed trace counts to confirm truck routes originating from the intermodal facility and studied route travel times in conjunction with street closure assessments. The intermodal facility project generated significant public interest and EMH&T worked as part of the client team with City administration and staff, Planning Commission and City Council throughout the permitting process.