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Posted on: September 9, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Construction for the Week of September 12th

Highway Division Updates

  • Last week, the Highway Division:
    • Repaired potholes on Bedford Terrace, Chapel Street, Deerfield Drive, Maplewood Terrace, Redford Drive, Rust Avenue and Winter Street
    • Repaired a driveway apron on Main Street
    • Installed and/or replaced signs on Chestnut Avenue, Evergreen Road, New Street, North Maple Street and Woods Road
    • Replaced pavers along Main Street sidewalks with asphalt
    • Removed a trip hazard on an Olive Street sidewalk
    • Monitored flood prone areas during 2-day rain event
    • Removed graffiti from Nonotuck Street
    • Assisted with preparations for Taste of Northampton event
  • Street sweeping is complete in Wards 1, 2, 3 & 7 and continues in Ward 4
    • Wards will be swept in the following order this year: 1, 2, 7, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • 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 2023
  • The Contractor will continue with full depth reconstruction of the roadway starting at the bike path and heading west towards the I-91 overpass with the follow work and schedule planned this week:
    • Fine grading and compacting: Saturday, Sept 10th, potentially Sunday, Sept 11th, and Monday, Sept 12th
    • Paving is scheduled for the balance of the week, weather permitting
  • Construction of the barrier wall under the I-91 overpass will continue 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
  • A bike path detour (pdf) will be in place until the base course paving is complete
  • 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 summer & fall 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 also includes installation of new headwalls at a culvert on Sylvester Road
  • The Contractor may begin installing tree protection and performing miscellaneous work to prepare for the guardrail installations and the new headwalls this month

Henshaw Avenue - Smith College

  • Smith College is undertaking a campus-wide Geothermal Energy Project
  • The first phase of the project includes the installation of underground distribution piping that will cross Elm Street at Bedford Terrace, Henshaw Avenue and Prospect Street
  • Work will be underway on the Henshaw Avenue crossing this week
  • One lane of traffic will be maintained; police details will assist with traffic control
  • Two-way traffic will be reestablished at the end of each workday

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
  • On I-91 southbound, no traffic impacts are anticipated this week
  • On I-91 northbound, no traffic impacts are anticipated this week
  • I-91 northbound ramp, the Contractor will be working on widening the ramp with trucks entering and exiting
  • On Route 5, there will be shoulder closures for pier and abutment construction but no lane closures; motorists should be aware of trucks entering/exiting the work area
  • Hockanum Road, no traffic impacts are anticipated this week
  • 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 not be working on site during the day
  • Pavement markings will be installed this week as night work from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m., Sunday, Sept 11th, Wednesday, Sept 14th and Thursday, Sept 15th, weather permitting; police details will assist with traffic control
  • 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 Fall 2022
  • The 36” interconnection is complete and the PRV building has been delivered and set
  • The Contractor will be working on landscaping and site improvements this week
  • No traffic impacts are anticipated

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 along the Mill River system during the next month

Levee Vegetation Management

  • The City has contracted with Cain’s Mechanical LLC for vegetation management at various locations throughout the levee and flood control system on both the Connecticut and Mill Rivers
  • Work to mechanically remove unwanted woody growth and fallen trees and localized placement of rip rap for slope stabilization will be undertaken periodically system wide throughout the growing season

Main Street - Florence

  • The City has contracted with Gomes Construction Co., Inc. for streetscape improvements along Main Street in Florence from Maple Street to South Main Street
  • The project includes targeted sidewalk replacement, compliant accessible curb ramps, curb realignment at South Main Street, tree pits and street furniture
  • Detours around sidewalk sections under construction will be in place and adjacent parking spaces will be blocked; police details will assist with traffic control, as needed
  • The project is complete with the exception of line painting and the installation of flexible porous pavement (Spring 2023)
  • Questions about the project should be directed to the Planning & Sustainability Department

Pavement Markings

  • The City has contracted with Markings, Inc. to repaint pavement markings across the City including double yellow center lines, white edge lines and lane lines, speed hump markings, arrows, railroad markings and crosswalks
  • The Contractor will be painting overnight beginning at 9:00 p.m. this week, weather permitting

Pavement Preservation Contract 2022

  • The City has contracted with Indus Inc. for roadway preservation on Florence Road (Easthampton town line to Westhampton Road), West Farms Road and Westhampton Road
  • The preservation method, cape seal, consists of a chip seal which is then covered by a micro surfacing treatment; benefits include sealing moderate cracks, providing skid resistance, sealing the pavement against moisture and protecting the pavement from further oxidation & raveling
  • The Contractor will be preparing the roadway for chip seal application this week
  • Treatment applications will begin this week, weather permitting, so please plan accordingly:
    • Chip seal is scheduled for Monday, September 12th to Wednesday, September 14th
    • Micro surfacing is scheduled to begin Thursday, September 22nd
    • See the updated Notice to Residents, updated 9/7 (pdf) for more information
  • Police details will assist with traffic control; motorists should expect delays and seek alternate routes

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 reconfiguration at intersection of Pine Street with Maple Street and Mann Terrace and rehabilitation of the Meadow Street bridge over the Mill River
  • Hayes Avenue, Loudville Road, Meadow Street, Pine Street and Warfield Place construction is complete
  • Solar LED signage will be installed this summer at Route 66 intersections with Glendale Rd & West Farms Rd and Loudville Road & North Loudville Rd
  • If necessary, police details will assist with traffic control

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
  • Pavement markings will be installed as soon as the subcontractor's schedule allows
  • 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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