Millstone Road Improvement Project

In 2015, Town Meeting approved a $10M road bond to undertake several major road reconstruction projects.  The Town first completed significant upgrades to both Underpass and Snow Roads.  In 2017, the Town solicited bids for engineering services and hired Vanasse, Hangen, Brustlin, Inc (VHB) to prepare plans for similar upgrades to Millstone Road.  $5.75M in road bond funding remains available to cover project costs.

Millstone Road connects Routes 6A to the north with Route 137 to the south. One of the Town’s main thoroughfares, approximately 25% of Brewster residents live on or adjacent to this 2.5 mile corridor, which conveys almost 4000 vehicles a day on average. 

Project goals include:

  • Provide ADA compliant sidewalk for entire length of road
  • Improve safety for all users
    • Vehicles: improve roadway geometry
    • Pedestrians: add sidewalk
    • Bicyclists: create consistent shoulder and add sidewalk
  • Provide better interconnections with existing transportation network (Cape Cod Rail Trail, Nickerson Park, Route 6A, and beyond) and improve access to Town amenities (beaches, ponds, schools, businesses, Sea Camps, etc)
  • Improve drainage systems and stormwater treatment
  • Eliminate need for permanent easements on private property
  • Maintain character of scenic road

From before conceptual design in Summer 2018 through to 75% design in Fall 2020, the Town held three well-attended public forums seeking feedback from residents and providing project status updates.  In Spring 2021, work on the project was temporarily suspended due to an impending transition in DPW Directors and resident concerns about some elements of the proposed 75% design.  At the time, the Select Board and Town Administration were also seeking to potentially purchase the Cape Cod Sea Camps properties on Route 6A and Long Pond Road and recognized that the acquisition of those properties by the Town might impact this road improvement project. 

The Town held a fourth public forum on Thursday February 17, 2022 from 6-8PM to give a status update on the revised project and provide residents with an opportunity to ask questions and make comments. The forum can be viewed here. A copy of the presentation can be found here.

Residents can submit written input on the updated design presented at this forum to millstoneroad@brewster-ma.gov by March 10, 2022.  All feedback will be shared with the Select Board who will then decide on next steps in Spring 2022. The Select Board has identified the resolution of this project and the development of a community-wide road improvement capital plan as a goal in their most recent Strategic Plan. 

Related Links:

  1. Draft 75% Design Plans – December 2020
  2. Public Forum #3 meetings minutes
  3. Public Forum #3 presentation – November 2020
  4. Public Forum #3 video – November 2020
  5. Public Forum #2 meeting minutes
  6. Public Forum #2 presentation – September 2019
  7. Public Forum #2 video – September 2019
  8. Public Forum #1 meeting minutes
  9. Public Forum #1 video – August 2018
  10. Town Administrator Memoranda to Select Board
    1. Feb 21, 2021
    2. Mar 12, 2021
  11. Cape Cod Commission PowerPoint on Complete Streets – December 2019
  12. Brewster Select Board Complete Streets Policy – January 2020
  13. Cape Cod Commission PowerPoint on Complete Streets – March 2021
  14. Brewster Bikeways Committee Fact Sheet – March 2021
  15. Frequently Asked Questions
  16. Public Forum #4 Feb. 2022 Presentation
  17. Public Forum #4 Feb. 2022 Video