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Posted on: March 18, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Construction for the Week of March 21st

Highway Division Updates

  • Last week, the Highway Division:
    • Repaired potholes on Bright Street, Cloverdale Street, Elm Street, Florence Street, High Street, King Street, North Main Street, North Maple Street, Overlook Drive, Ryan Road, Summer Street and Westwood Terrace
    • Installed and/or replaced signs on Hatfield Street, North Elm Street and North Maple Street
    • Maintained salt stockpile
  • 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.

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

Guardrail Improvements

  • The City has contracted with Premier Fence LLC to install or replace guardrails at multiple locations on Arch Street, Chesterfield Road, Kennedy Road and Sylvester Road
  • Work is anticipated to start in Spring 2022

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 left lane will be closed from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for temporary bridge construction (weather permitting)
  • On Wednesday, March 23rd from 1:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., a rolling roadblock will be in place for both northbound and southbound travel in order for National Grid to remove overhead wires 
  • Sheet pile installation and pier construction along Route 5 shoulders between Atwood Drive and the I-91 southbound on-ramp continues; traffic shifts and shoulder closures will be in place as needed but 2-way traffic will be maintained at all times
  • 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
  • The contractor will be excavating and installing sidewalk and curbing at the intersections of Bright & King Streets, Summer & King Streets and State & Finn Streets; pedestrian detours will be in place
  • Alternating one-way traffic will be maintained with police details on side streets; two-way traffic will be maintained on King Street
  • Questions about the project should be directed to MassDOT District 2, project #607502

Laurel Street Infrastructure Improvements

  • The City has contracted with JL Construction Corp to construct limited infrastructure improvements on Laurel Street
  • Work includes new concrete sidewalk and sewer replacement from Chapel Street to approximately #14/21 Laurel Street as well as water and drain line connections to #23 in anticipation of future development
  • The improvements are funded by a Housing Choice grant (pdf) and sewer enterprise funds
  • Berkshire Design is the project design engineer
  • The Contractor will mobilize to the site and install the drain connection
  • Laurel Street will be closed to all but local traffic during work hours
  • Questions about the project should be directed to the Planning & Sustainability Department

Levee Toe Drain Improvements

  • The City has contracted with Ludlow Construction Co., Inc. for the installation of manholes along the land side of both the Connecticut and Mill River levee systems
  • The project involves the installation of 28 new manholes and inspecting the toe drains running parallel to the levees via CCTV
  • The Contractor will begin installing manholes along Lower College Lane and Hebert Avenue this week

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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