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Main Street Corridor Project update: Construction meeting held; transformers still not available

by | Jan 26, 2024 | Business, News

The town issued a press release Friday with updates about the Main Street Corridor Project following a construction meeting that was held Tuesday.

At the meeting were representatives from the town, engineering consultant VHB, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), project contractor Amorello and Eversource.

Amorello has not set a time for returning to the project, according to the press release. Utility work, including both overhead and underground work, needs to be completed before Amorello will be able to schedule any work.

Eversource continues to await the transformers, stating that there is no new information available. The utility company anticipates starting the transfer of overhead electrical lines to the new utility poles in about a month, although no definitive date has been set. MassDOT confirmed that a utility meeting will be held once a date is confirmed.

When the transfer of overhead utilities is complete, the old poles will be removed. This will allow work to be completed from Wood Street to the Fire Station, where the utilities are not being undergrounded.

Amorello will not be able to continue work from the Fire Station to Ash Street until Eversource is able to complete the underground portion of the project in this area.

Regarding complaints about peeling paint on the new signal poles, MassDOT is reviewing another repair-in-place process from the manufacturer to determine if the process is acceptable. It will need to be field tested before final approval. The town noted that replacement is preferred.

Weekly construction advisories will resume when there are weekly updates on the project. Until then, the town will send project updates as needed.

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