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A curb cut is a dip in a sidewalk and curb that enables a vehicle to drive to a driveway, garage, parking lot, loading dock or drive-through. Before beginning a curb cut project, the Department of Public Works (DPW) must approve the proposed plans to confirm that the design meets safety and zoning requirements – and then issue a work permit.
A driveway access permit is required to construct, modify, or use a driveway that connects to a public road. The purpose of this permit is to regulate and ensure safe and efficient access to the public road. Anyone wanting to make or change a cut in the curb of the street, such as in constructing, moving, or removing a driveway must first obtain a permit from the Town of Nantucket. The placement of curb cuts can have significant impacts on the safety and quality of life of the surrounding neighborhood. The Town will review each permit application with due consideration to the applicant’s desire for the curb cut and public welfare.
Traffic control plans should be developed in accordance with the guidelines provided by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). Proper traffic control measures must be implemented to protect both workers and motorists.