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Posted on: September 29, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Construction for the Week of October 2nd

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Highway Division Updates

  • Last week, the Highway Division:
    • Repaired potholes on Bliss Street, Burncolt Road, Fox Farms Road, Hastings Heights, Howes Street, Kimball Street, Leeno Terrace, North Elm Street, Prospect Heights and Spring Grove Avenue
    • Installed, repaired and/or replaced signs on Bridge Road, Cooke Avenue, Hawley Street, Maynard Road, Nonotuck Street, Sanderson Avenue, School Street, Spring Street and Williams Street
    • Patched a trench cut on Bancroft Road
  • Annual ward street sweeping operations:
    • Continue in Ward 3
    • Complete in Wards 4 and 5
    • Wards will be swept in the following order this year: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 7, 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

Bridge Street School Safe Routes to School

  • MassDOT has contracted with Gomes Construction Company, Inc. to complete improvements that will enhance pedestrian safety near Bridge Street School
  • The project will upgrade sidewalks, curbing and accessible ramps on Parsons Street and portions of Hawley Street; upgrade the pedestrian crossing on Bridge Street near Parsons Street including RRFBs; and reconstruct the intersection of Pomeroy Terrace with Bridge Street to install a raised crosswalk and to improve drainage
  • The project is substantially complete
  • The Contractor is waiting for delivery of new signage
  • Questions about the project should be directed to MassDOT District 2, project #609915

Damon Road Reconstruction

  • MassDOT has contracted with Gagliarducci Construction, Inc. to reconstruct Damon Road from the bike path to just beyond the intersection with Bridge Road, King Street and North King Street
  • 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 fine grade and compact the length of full depth reconstruction (Five College Movers to Volvo Cars Pioneer Valley) this week
  • One-way alternating traffic will be maintained at all times with police/flagger details assisting with traffic control; motorists should expect delays
  • Base course paving is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, October 10th
  • Questions about the project should be directed to MassDOT District 2, project #608236

Dryads Green Extension Drainage & Slope Improvements

  • The City has contracted with Geeleher Enterprises Inc. to construct drainage and slope improvements from the end of Dryads Green Extension to the Mill River; work also includes roadway drainage improvements in the vicinity of 49, 50, 55, 57 & 59 Dryads Green
  • The Contractor will continue working on slope repairs and roadway drainage improvements this week
  • House numbers 49, 55 and 57 will have limited access to driveways for the next two weeks (October 3-13) Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; on-street parking at other locations along Dryads Green or adjacent streets is recommended
  • The path from Dryads Green Extension to the Mill River remains closed until further notice; construction will also temporarily close the walking path along the Mill River

Hooker Avenue Drainage Improvements

  • The City has contracted with Geeleher Enterprises Inc. to install a catch basin, a manhole and granite curbing in the vicinity of 23 Hooker Avenue
  • The catch basin, drain manhole, granite curbing and binder course have been installed
  • The Contractor will be installing final pavement at the end of Hooker Avenue this week on Thursday, October 5, 2023; access to Hooker Avenue will be restricted from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; Notice to Residents (pdf)
    • A police detail will assist with traffic control
    • It is recommended that residents and visitors park on adjacent streets if there is a need to travel during the paving

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
  • I-91 southbound:
    • Daytime right lane closure Monday through Thursday this week, from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., for site access
  • I-91 northbound:
    • No traffic impacts are anticipated this week
  • Route 5:
    • Daytime shoulder closures Monday through Friday this week, from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., for excavation work
    • Motorist should be alert and use caution as trucks will be entering and exiting the work zone; police details will assist with traffic control
  • Hockanum Road:
    • Daytime road closure this week on Thursday, October 5th, from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 pm, for materials delivery; a detour (pdf) will be in place
  • Questions about the project should be directed to MassDOT District 2, project #606552

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
  • The project will allow for the eventual demolition of the Audubon Road water storage tank
  • The project is scheduled to be completed in Fall 2023
  • The Contractor will be on site this week

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 inspection of the toe drains running parallel to the levees via CCTV
  • Manhole installations and pipe inspections via CCTV are complete
  • Pipe repair adjacent to Venturers Field Road schedule for Fall 2023 TBD

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
  • The Contractor will be clearing vegetation on the riprap portions of the Mill River Diversion Channel this week

Locust Street & SVAHS Drainage Improvements

  • The City has contracted with Clayton D. Davenport Trucking, Inc. to construct a new outfall at Smith Voc to relieve capacity constraints in the Locust Street drainage system; work also includes the replacement of a failed drain manhole in Locust Street
  • Work is substantially complete

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 this week, beginning at 9:00 p.m.

Williams Street Sewer Repair

  • The City has contracted with Geeleher Enterprises Inc. to repair a sewer main in the vicinity of 107 Williams Street
  • The project will require a temporary road closure
  • Construction is anticipated to begin in October, dates TBD

Winter Street Reconstruction

  • The City has contracted with Caracas Construction Corporation for the full depth reconstruction of Winter Street, including water & sewer mains and service connections and sidewalks
  • Construction is scheduled to be complete by Fall 2023
  • Work is substantially complete

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

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