McMahon led the transportation planning and engineering to develop a strategy for the downtown center of Tewksbury to become more cohesive as a destination, to become more economically productive, to provide supporting town facility and infrastructure investments so the Center reinstates itself as an integrated cultural, civic, and commercial community village. Through McMahon’s work on the circulation chapter of the town-wide Master Plan update, we were already familiar with the community’s desire to improve overall connectivity through a range of transportation choices. The physical planning of the Town Center was the natural next step in the process of implementing the town-wide Master Plan.
McMahon developed conceptual-level multimodal street configurations to inform the physical planning that takes into account the patterns of parcels, buildings, uses and owners for today and what the district could be in the future. McMahon led the evaluation of access, circulation, infrastructure and parking to support new investments and address safety, mobility, and character. Recommendations include road diets to improve pedestrian safety and strengthen a sense of place; parking management and regulatory strategies; wayfinding suggestions; bus stop design considerations; curb cut consolidation and access management. The project included ongoing work and collaboration with the design firm lead, volunteer Town Center Master Plan Committee, an interactive public workshops.