Main Street project moves toward undergrounding phase

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The town announced Friday that drainage work for the Main Street Corridor Project was nearing completion and preparation is underway for the next phase, which includes work related to the undergrounding of utilities.

The undergrounding work will begin with the installation of six underground electric manholes (vaults) on Main Street between Wood Street and the intersection of Route 85 and Main Street, the town explained. The vaults, which range in size, will require excavation of pits as large as 15 feet by 11 feet. The installation of each vault is scheduled to take three days.

A town press release indicated that contractor A.F. Amorello had hoped to shut down Main Street for several days, setting up detours, but the town “rejected that plan, and all parties have worked together to update the schedule of operations for this work.”

The new plan has the contractor working Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. — with the possibility of extending the hours to as late as 7 p.m. if needed to keep the schedule on track. No weekend work is anticipated.

There will be no detours, and Main Street will remain open at all times, with at least one lane of alternating traffic around the work sites. Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes.

The undergrounding work is anticipated to begin within 2-3 weeks and could take 4-6 weeks to complete.