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Patriot Place, Foxborough, MA

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patriots_placeThe Patriot Place mixed-use commercial development represents the fulfillment of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts objective in creating an economic development area designed to compliment the New England Patriots football franchise in Foxborough, Massachusetts, and to spur economic development within the Town and region. Patriot Place encompasses approximately 1.3 million square feet of commercial, recreational, office and medical office space, including the first Bass Pro-Shops outdoor retail store in the northeast, located adjacent to Gillette Stadium, home to the New England Patriots football team and the New England Revolution soccer team. VAI was an integral part of a select team of Civil Engineers, Architects, Environmental Engineers, Land Use Attorneys and Real Estate Consultants that assisted in the planning, design, approval and construction of this vibrant retail and entertainment center. VAI provided Traffic Engineering, Transportation Planning, Highway Design, Traffic Signal Design and Construction Services in conjunction with the Patriot Place project. This project entailed multiple challenges unique to the creation of a retail and entertainment facility proximate to a 68,000 seat stadium surrounded by over 14,000 parking spaces and bounded by a four-lane state highway, an active rail line and seasonal commuter rail station, and wetland areas. VAI successfully worked with the project team, the Town and the State to assess the impact of the project on the transportation infrastructure, both with and without a Stadium event; develop remedial measures to address identified improvements required to access the project and existing and potential future transportation infrastructure needs with regard to motor vehicles, public transportation, pedestrians and bicyclists; and to minimize potential impacts on adjacent residential roadways and neighborhood areas. This was accomplished through effective, responsive communication with the State, Town and local residents, and maintaining an open dialogue throughout the project design and approval process. This effort and professional approach to services continues as VAI assists in the design and construction observation of the roadway and intersection improvements associated with Patriot Place. The improvements encompass the widening of approximately 1.5 miles of US Route 1; the installation and/or modification of eight traffic signals; and traffic operations and pedestrian safety enhancements to local roadways in Foxborough. Specific local roadway improvements included the design and construction of approximately 2 miles of multi-use paths and traffic calming features, including a modern roundabout, neckdowns and other speed reduction features.