At readers’ request, I checked in with Public Works on Friday for an update on the Main Street Reconstruction project. I learned that work resumed last week.
Below are some photos from work in progress this morning (click to enlarge):
Earlier this spring, Public Works Superintendent Karen Galligan told selectmen that she expected construction to start in late April. She noted then that the MassDOT* schedule was fluid.
Last spring, the Town posted an overview timeline with the reminders:
The Main Street Project is a State project, not a local project. Details of the schedule are determined by the State and the contractor, although the Town will have input and access to the information, we will not necessarily have day to day information.
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Project completion is scheduled for November 15, 2020.
As work was winding down last fall for the winter, Public Works’ update explained that starting this spring:
Underground [utility] work will begin east of Route 85, granite for sidewalks will be installed west of Route 85.
Work will proceed eastward all summer and landscaping should close out the project late next fall.
In early March, an update shared that over the winter some overhead utility work continued and traffic lights were installed.
Earlier last week, Galligan was expecting the project to resume this week or next. On Friday, Galligan learned that they restarted work that day. She was able to update:
Work continues on the stone walls for the next several weeks.
Drainage work is starting on the east side of Route 85.
Water work will begin within the next two to three weeks, this includes by-pass piping, new main installation and other associated work.
*The Main Street project is run by the Mass Dept of Transportation.