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Posted on: November 13, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Construction for the Week of November 16th


Highway Division Updates

  • Last week, the Highway Division:
    • Patched pavement cuts on Rocky Hill Road
    • Completed an emergency manhole repair on Kingsley Avenue
    • Cleared leaves from catch basins and monitored known areas of localized flooding
    • Continued preparing for winter operations: made and stockpiled asphalt ingots, built and installed a rack to aid in safer installation and removal of sanders, and scheduled salt deliveries
  • Street sweeping continues in Ward 2
  • Concrete blocks and planters will be removed from downtown on Monday, November 16th
  • Pothole and curb repairs should resume this week
  • 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.

Rocky Hill Road (Route 66) Drainage Improvements

  • The City has contracted with Geeleher Enterprises, Inc. to make roadway drainage improvements on Rocky Hill Road in the vicinity of the Hampshire County Jail & House of Corrections
  • Work should be complete by the end of November
  • Officers will be on-site to direct traffic, but expect minor delays and seek alternate routes if possible

North Farms Road & North Maple Street Paving Project

  • The City has contracted with Palmer Paving Corp for pavement reclamation on North Farms Road, from the Williamsburg Town line to the intersection with North Maple & Mountain Streets, and North Maple Street, from Mountain Street to Bridge Road
  • The project will also include the following features:
    • Roadway drainage improvements on North Farms Road in the vicinity of Country Way
    • Repaving the walking path into the Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area
    • Extending the North Maple Street sidewalk to provide continuous sidewalk from Bridge Road to the basketball parking lot at Arcanum Field
    • Radar speed signs at strategic locations on North Farms Road
    • A new crosswalk on Bridge Road connecting the Mountain Street sidewalk to the sidewalk along the south side of Bridge Road; this includes the installation of two rectangular rapid flashing beacons that will alert vehicles traveling on Bridge Road that pedestrians are crossing
  • The top course of pavement is scheduled for Monday, November 16th and Tuesday, November 17th
  • Line striping may occur on Thursday, November 19th or Friday, November 20th depending on temperatures
  • Officers will be on-site to direct traffic, but expect longer than usual delays on North Farms Road and seek alternate routes if possible

Forbes Library Drainage Improvements

  • The City has contracted with Jack Goncalves & Sons Inc. to make drainage improvements at Forbes Library
  • Work includes removal of trees and installing drainage improvements down the slope south of the library's parking lot and along the rail trail heading east from the library
  • Work this week will include tree cutting/removal and regrading on the slope above the rail trail
  • The rail trail from the New South Street Bridge to 500 feet west of the bridge will be closed during work hours, so please seek alternate routes

Bridge Street, Damon Road, Interstate 91 - Exit 19

  • MassDOT has contracted with Baltazar Contractors, Inc. to construct a roundabout and associated improvements to the Interstate 91 - Exit 19 interchange at the base of the Coolidge Bridge
  • The project is scheduled to be completed by June 2021
  • Temporary line striping defining the completed roundabout layout is in place
  • Slight lane shifts will be required for sidewalk, island work and sign placement
  • Lane reductions on Route 9 eastbound and Damon Road will be in place overnight to protect concrete island work
  • Final paving and line striping of the roundabout will occur in Spring 2021
  • 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 June 2023
  • Utility relocation, drainage improvements and water & sewer replacement will occur prior to full depth roadway reconstruction
  • Environmental controls, building demolition, utility relocation and drainage work this fall will all take place off-road
  • Questions about the project should be directed to MassDOT District 2


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


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