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Posted on: November 19, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Construction for the Week of November 22nd


Highway Division Updates

  • Last week, the Highway Division:
    • Repaired potholes on Turkey Hill Road
    • Repaired trench cuts on Turkey Hill Road
    • Installed and/or replaced signs on Prospect Street, Revell Ave, Riverside Drive and South Street and along the Industrial Drive rotary
    • Prepared asphalt ingots for winter pothole repairs
  • Street sweeping - ALL wards have been swept this year; maintenance sweeping will continue in select locations
  • To report a pothole, please submit a request via the Pothole Repair Form; the largest potholes are filled first to alleviate hazards to vehicles; as hazards arise and are identified, they will be addressed

Bridge Street, Damon Road, Interstate 91 - Exit 25 (old Exit 19)

  • MassDOT has contracted with Baltazar Contractors, Inc. to construct a roundabout and associated improvements to the Interstate 91 - Exit 25 (old Exit 19) interchange at the base of the Coolidge Bridge
  • Minor work on the traffic signal camera has yet to be completed
  • Lighting installation is scheduled to occur no sooner than January 2022
  • Alternating lane closures may be in place to facilitate work
  • Officers will assist with traffic control as needed
  • Questions about the project should be directed to MassDOT District 2, project #604597

Coolidge Bridge

  • MassDOT is undertaking maintenance repairs on the bridge which are substantially complete
  • Bridge joint sawcutting is planned for Monday, November 22nd, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • Bridge joint installation is scheduled for the week of November 29th
  • Lane closures may be in place with a minimum of one lane open in each direction; motorists should expect delays
  • No work is planned on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday
  • Questions about the project should be directed to MassDOT District 2

Damon Road Reconstruction

  • MassDOT has contracted with Gagliarducci Construction, Inc. to reconstruct Damon Road from the bike path to just beyond the intersection with King Street, North King Street and Bridge Road
  • The project will provide intersection and traffic signal improvements, extended sidewalks, a shared use path and other safety improvements
  • The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of July 2023
  • Utility relocation, drainage improvements and water & sewer replacement will occur in 2021 prior to full depth roadway reconstruction in 2022
  • A bike path detour is in place until further notice. Bikes and pedestrians will use the new bike path connector behind the former Fish Hook restaurant, cross Damon Road near the new roundabout using the new RRFB signal, and use the sidewalk along DCR property to connect to the former RR bridge crossing the Connecticut River - Bike Path Detour Map (pdf)
  • Gagliarducci will be working on roadway drainage at the intersection of King Street and in the vicinity of Industrial Drive; water main installation will continue easterly from the eastern end of Damon Place (137-141 Damon Road) to 230 Damon Road
  • Travel will be restricted to a single lane at active work areas; officers will assist with traffic control and motorists should expect delays
  • Motorists should expect traffic delays and seek alternate routes
  • No work is planned on Thursday or Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday
  • Questions about the project should be directed to MassDOT District 2, project #608236

Drury Lane

  • The City has contracted with Geeleher Enterprises, Inc. to install a new drainage system on Drury Lane
  • New drainage infrastructure has been installed
  • Asphalt patching and cleanup will be completed prior to the Thanksgiving holiday

Dryads Green Extension

  • The City has contracted with Geeleher Enterprises, Inc. to perform emergency work to stabilize the slope southwest of Dryads Green Extension in order to protect a nearby sewer system
  • The Contractor has removed deadwood, installed crushed stone & riprap and made limited drain pipe repairs; the work area has been seeded & mulched and additional sediment controls have been installed
  • The DPW will periodically inspect this area throughout the winter & the spring to confirm site stability
  • The path from Dryads Green Extension to the Mill River is closed until further notice

I-91 Bridges over Route 5, the Railroad and Hockanum Road

  • MassDOT has contracted with J.F. White, Inc. to construct roadway improvements to I-91 and at Exit 23 (formerly Exit 18)
  • The project will replace the I-91 bridges over Route 5, the Railroad and Hockanum Road and construct safety and signal improvements at the exit interchange
  • The project is scheduled to be completed in phases by 2025
  • Work in the I-91 median is underway to accommodate a temporary bridge that will be utilized to maintain 2-lane traffic in both directions while each set of northbound and southbound bridges are replaced in sequence
  • Utility work will occur behind barriers with potential impacts to the southbound, Route 5 off ramp right turn lane; officers will assist with minor traffic delays
  • The southbound high speed lane will be closed Monday and Tuesday from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for median temporary roadway construction
  • No work is planned on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday
  • Questions about the project should be directed to MassDOT District 2, project #606552

King Street Corridor Improvements

  • MassDOT has contracted with Morais Concrete Service, Inc. to construct roadway improvements to King Street between Bright Street and Church Street
  • The project will provide lane reconfiguration, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, landscaping and drainage improvements and new traffic signals at North & Summer Streets and Finn Street at both King and State Streets
  • The project is scheduled to be completed in phases by Fall 2022
  • Morais will be installing pavers and patching asphalt between Bright Street and Finn Street
  • Travel will be restricted to a single lane between Bright Street and Summer Street with two lanes open when possible; officers will assist with traffic control
  • Motorists should expect traffic delays and seek alternate routes
  • No work is planned on Thursday or Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday
  • Questions about the project should be directed to MassDOT District 2, project #607502

Leeds Pressure Reducing Valve

  • The City has contracted with GEG Construction for water system improvements that include an above grade pressure reducing valve (PRV) connected to the 36-inch transmission main in Haydenville Road across from Scotti’s, water main interconnections to the transmission main at Leonard Street and East Center Street and the installation of two hydrants connected to the transmission main in River Road
  • The project will allow for the eventual demolition of the Audubon Road water storage tank
  • The project is scheduled to be completed by Spring 2022
  • The Contractor may be installing foundation walls this week
  • No work is planned on Thursday or Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday

Masonic Street Parking Lot & Amber Lane

  • The City has contracted with Jack Goncalves & Sons, Inc. to remedy a failing sewer line which passes through both the Masonic Street parking lot and Amber Lane and serves multiple Main Street businesses and residents; the project will also upgrade the water main to allow for enhanced fire flows and future fire sprinkler connections
  • The Contractor has installed new water mains in the Masonic Street parking lot (with water main spur-lines to the alleyway behind buildings 219 to 241 Main Street) and in Amber Lane; all water services have been switched over to the new water mains
  • The Contractor has repaired the failed section of the sewer main in Amber Lane and has replaced the sewer main in the alleyway behind buildings 219 to 241 Main Street
  • Eversource has installed a new gas line in the alleyway behind buildings 219 to 241 Main Street
  • The Contractor has installed final pavement in all excavation areas
  • Masonic Street Parking Lot is open for parking
  • Additional work: Includes lining the existing sewer in Amber Lane and lining a storm drain pipe under the parking lot which can be done with limited impacts on parking; the schedule for this work is not yet determined and may require temporary blocking off of several parking spaces

Paving Contract 2021

  • The City has contracted with Warner Brothers, LLC for roadway improvements on Hayes Avenue, Loudville Road, Meadow Street, Pine Street (Maple Street to South Main Street) and Warfield Place
  • Improvements include pavement reclamation, drainage work, sidewalk & ADA upgrades and pavement markings
  • Work will also include intersection reconfiguration at Pine Street with Maple Street and Mann Terrace and bridge rehabilitation on Meadow Street over the Mill River
  • Work is expected to continue through the end of the year
  • The Meadow Street bridge has been reopened to all modes of transportation; a short-term closure is anticipated later this season to install joint seals
  • This week, work will include: adjusting structures, sidewalk work, adjusting granite curb and installing bituminous curb at various locations within the project areas
  • Final paving has begun and is anticipated to be complete by December 3rd
  • Motorists should expect traffic delays and seek alternate routes
  • No work is planned on Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday

Pavement Markings

  • The City has contracted with K5 Corporation for repainting all crosswalks within the City
  • Two crews will be painting overnight from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m., weather permitting

Roundhouse Parking Lot

  • The City has contracted with Mass-West Construction for rehabilitation and expansion of the Roundhouse Parking Lot
  • The project consists of repaving, restriping, addition of 22 spaces, expansion to the south with a realignment of the rail trail, drainage and lighting improvements, and landscaping in new dividing islands
  • Work is expected to be completed by the end of the construction season
  • Paving is scheduled to occur this week, weather permitting
  • The parking lot is closed until further notice
  • A bike path detour around the lot will be in place for the reminder of the project
  • A detour for the rail trail has been posted and will remain in place throughout construction
  • Questions about the project should be directed to the Central Services Department

An overview of all current Public Works projects can be found by going to Current Projects.

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