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Posted on: April 22, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Construction for the Week of April 25th

Highway Division Updates

  • Last week, the Highway Division:
    • Repaired potholes on Michelman Avenue, New South Street & Service Center Road and on the Bliss Street bridge sidewalk
    • Installed and/or replaced signs on Bates Street, Day Avenue, Elm Street, Garfield Street, Jackson Street, Market Street, North Elm Street, North Main Street and Woodlawn Avenue
    • Supported training efforts for local fire departments
    • Supported the City’s efforts to create outdoor dining spaces downtown
  • 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

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
  • The Contractor will be installing drainage from Industrial Drive to River Run; installing a modular block wall under the I-91 overpass; and installing fire hydrants and water pipe at various locations between River Run and 307 Damon Road this week
  • Alternating one-way traffic will be in place at the work areas; police details will direct traffic
  • Motorists should expect delays and seek alternate routes
  • Questions about the project should be directed to MassDOT District 2, project #608236

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 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)
  • Temporary bridge construction work on Route 5 near the Exit 23 interchange continues this week; lane shifts and shoulder closures will be in place as needed but 2-way traffic will be maintained at all times
  • Paving for temporary NB exit and SB entrance ramps will occur Thursday, April 28th and Friday, April 29th from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; police details will allow construction trucks in and out as needed
  • Overnight closure, weather permitting, of Route 5 under I-91 from 7:00 p.m Tuesday or Wednesday, April 26th or 27th to 5:00 a.m Wednesday or Thursday, April 27th or April 28th for temporary bridge deck panel installation; a detour (pdf) will be in place
  • Work will continue at Hockanum Road this week, but no closures are planned
  • 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 removing old granite curb, setting new granite curb and constructing rain gardens from Finn Street to Church Street
  • Alternating one-way traffic will be in place when required; otherwise, one lane in each direction will be maintained; police details will assist with traffic control
  • Motorists should expect delays and seek alternate routes
  • A pedestrian and bicycle detour will be in place until temporary sidewalk paving is installed later this month: on the west side, the detour is up Myrtle Street to State Street to the bike path back to King Street, and on the east side, the detour is up North Street to the bike path back to 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 be completing site restoration and demobilizing this week
  • 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

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 Summer 2022
  • GEG has demobilized for the winter and work will resume Spring 2022

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 has completed installing manholes and will continue inspecting pipes via CCTV during the next month

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 also includes intersection reconfiguration at Pine Street with Maple Street and Mann Terrace and bridge rehabilitation on Meadow Street over the Mill River
  • Roadway paving is complete
  • Warner Brothers has demobilized for the winter and work will resume Spring 2022
  • Guardrails, driveway repairs, sidewalk repairs, permanent pavement marking and other miscellaneous work will be completed Spring 2022

Pleasant Street Improvements

  • The City has contracted with Ludlow Construction Co., Inc. for roadway improvements on lower Pleasant Street, between Hockanum Road and the roundabout at Conz Street
  • Improvements include roadway reconstruction, drainage work, sidewalk and pedestrian & bicycle upgrades and pavement markings
  • The project is scheduled to be completed by Fall 2022
  • The Contractor will be installing drainage structures and pipes this week
  • Alternating one-way traffic will be in place; police details will assist with traffic control
  • Motorists should expect delays and seek alternate routes
  • Questions about the project should be directed to the Planning & Sustainability Department


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


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