A few weeks ago I asked you to envision Main Street without its telephone poles and crisscross of wires. Now the Main Street Council, the group leading the effort to bury underground the utility lines along Main Street, has made that easy.
Council Co-chair Dennis Flynn emailed me some visions shots of what Main Street could look like if the project goes ahead. The council is in the midst of a feasibility study and hopes to have a final analysis done by the end of the month.
Money for Main Street underground utility design totaling $350K has been cut from the fiscal year 2010 budget, so looks like the project will not come up for a vote at town meeting in April. The undergrounding work is proposed to coincide with the Main Street reconstruction project slated for 2012.
Here’s a picture of Main Street at Route 85.
And one of Main Street looking east from Route 85.
Finally, one of Main Street in front of a spiffed-up Mauro’s.
You can also see before and after images in these posters:
Light blight on Main Street
Going wireless on Main Street
Yeah, but this part of Main St. isn’t even included in the “Main St. Reconstruction” highway project (Mass. Hwy. Dept. Prj #604989). The legal name of that project is “SOUTHBOROUGH- RECONSTRUCTION OF MAIN STREET (RTE 30), FROM SEARS ROAD TO PARK STREET.” (See it at http://www.mhd.state.ma.us) I want you to note carefully that Park St. is that little side street BEFORE Mauro’s where Ted’s towing is located. Thus, the portion of Main St. that includes Mauro’s, the House of Pizza, and the badly in-need-of-fixing railroad tracks is NOT included.
Richard, you’re correct, the Main Street reconstruction project only goes as far as Park Street. Undergrounding the utility lines also isn’t included in the reconstruction project. The work would be timed to coincide with the reconstruction project, but state money wouldn’t be used to fund it. The town would have to come up with its own funds to pay for burying the wires.
Why spend tax money to make that cess pool Mauros look any nicer. Put pressure on him to update his buildings! They are delapitated inside and out and I’m surprised the board of health has not shut them down.