The Town of Southborough passed another milestone in it’s major reconstruction project for Main Street. Today, Public Works posted the “100% plans”. The plans are intended to be final, but require approval by Massachusetts Department of Transportation.
According to the Town’s website, the plans have been submitted to MassDOT. If and when the plans are approved, the project will go out to bid for construction.
Digging is slated to begin this spring. The plans are too large to share on this site. To see how final details hashed out, open plans here. (Though, you may need an engineering degree to understand them!)
For those of you wondering about past requests by David Parry to incorporate moving light posts into the project – that proposal is dead.
Back in August, I reported that some selectmen were willing to consider it as a future project. But they stated that it wasn’t feasible to integrate into the reconstruction project given timelines. At that time, Parry was still pushing to change that.
Earlier this fall, Town officials and Parry met separately with National Grid about Parry’s proposal. Parry made public claims that selectmen and Town Administrator Mark Purple purposely killed the project by misrepresenting it. Town officials disputed his version of events and the veracity of some of his statements.
At the Board of Selectmen’s October 3rd meeting, Selectman Brian Shea, who also serves on the Main St Reconstruction Working Group, read aloud a letter from National Grid. The utility confirmed that it is unwilling to pursue Parry’s plan.
In an October 2nd letter, a manager explained:
The distribution line that currently exists on Main Street is a main distribution feeder for Southborough and other towns as well. The reliability of this feeder is a main concern of National Grid and relocating our equipment off the public way would compromise our ability to maintain our facilities in a timely manner.
The board agreed that, based on the letter, no further action on pole relocation will be taken.