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Posted on: February 4, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Construction for the Week of February 7th

Highway Division Updates

  • Last week, the Highway Division:
    • Repaired a Flood Control System manhole cover
    • Removed damaged street light on Industrial Drive
    • Installed and/or replaced signs on Franklin Street and at the Locust Street Transfer Station
    • Sanded icy areas throughout the City
    • Removed snow piles from various areas in the City, including downtown
    • Filled sand barrels located throughout the City
  • Street sweeping - ALL wards were swept in 2021; 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

Ongoing Projects to Continue Winter 2022

The following projects will remain active during the winter months.

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
  • Electric Light, subcontracting to Morais Concrete, will be installing mast arms and signals at the intersections of King, North & Summer Streets, King & Finn Streets and Finn & State Streets
  • Verizon will be making the final utility line transfers to the new utility poles
  • Lane shifts will be in place and two-way traffic will be maintained with police details
  • Questions about the project should be directed to MassDOT District 2, project #607502

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
  • The southbound high speed lane will be closed from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for temporary bridge construction (weather permitting)
  • Utility work and pier construction will occur on Route 5 between Atwood Drive and the I-91 southbound on-ramp; daily shoulder closures will be in place as needed, but 2-way traffic will be maintained at all times
  • A day-long closure of Hockanum Road to install a temporary median bridge is anticipated in the next 2-3 weeks
  • Questions about the project should be directed to MassDOT District 2, project #606552

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
  • Lighting installation is scheduled to occur by May 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

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 path from Dryads Green Extension to the Mill River is closed until further notice
  • The DPW will periodically inspect this area throughout the winter & the spring to confirm site stability

Ongoing Projects to Resume Spring 2022

The following projects have ceased for the winter and will resume in the spring

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

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