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South Deerfield to eye plan for safer downtown

On Thursday, townspeople can find out how to turn downtown Deerfield into a safer place for walkers and bike riders.

Transportation Planner Jason Schrieber of Nelson\Nygaard in Boston will present the final Complete Streets Plan for South Deerfield on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall.

The presentation is based on opinions townspeople expressed at meetings in November. Residents asked for less pavement, more trees and bike lanes and better public spaces.

The study intends to show how traffic calming, walkability, bicycling and business opportunities can be improved.

One of the proposals would create new crosswalk lines and bike lanes to slow traffic.

The redesign is supposed to connect South Deerfield residential neighborhoods with the downtown commercial district, surrounding schools and the former Oxford pickle factory site, which the town plans to use for commercial or residential development.

The project designers would leave it up to the Select Board to implement various pieces of the plan.

The project would have to be covered by the town’s existing maintenance budget.

The study was funded with a $60,000 grant.

— KATHLEEN McKIERNAN

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