Public Works Projects Spring into Action
Now that spring has arrived and asphalt plants are reopening, a number of public works projects across the city are resuming or commencing. The Department of Public Works is notifying residents, businesses and motorists that five projects, ranging from new sidewalks to road reconstruction are ramping up over the coming weeks.
“We are excited to be able to complete these key projects this spring,” said Public Works Director Marlo Warner. “We work hard to keep Greenfield’s infrastructure in a state of good repair and all five of these projects are proof of that. I want to thank the Mayor and the City Council for prioritizing these upgrades that improve the quality of our residential neighborhoods.”
Here are details on each project:
- Newell Pond Road - Ludlow-based Haluch Water Contracting will be replacing the water main on Newell Pond Road. Construction is slated to begin the week of March 27 and continue through the week of April 10. The project, totaling $380,210, is funded by the City’s Water Enterprise Fund.
- Sanderson Street - A. Martins & Sons Construction of Ludlow will return to complete Phase 2 of the Sanderson Street reconstruction project between High and Parkway streets. The scope of work includes replacement of a 104-year-old water main; upgrades to the sewer lines, drainage system and sidewalks; and repaving. Work is expected to commence the week of April 3 and wrap up by the end of April, with the exception of the final layer of pavement, which will be done by early June. Phase 1, from Federal to High streets, was completed last year. The total project carries a cost of $1,769,641, funded by the City’s Capital Budget and Chapter 90 funding from the Commonwealth.
- Wells Street Sidewalks - Detour Construction of Ludlow will construct new sidewalks on the west side of the street from Alden Street to 324 Wells St. Work is expected to begin in late May or early June and be completed within a month. The cost of the project is $95,325, funded by MassDOT’s Complete Streets program.
- West Street - Phase 2 of reconstruction between Conway and Elm streets is on track to resume the week of April 17. This includes replacement of a 104-year-old water main; upgrades to the sewer and drainage systems; and repaving, conducted by Ludlow-based Caracas Construction Corporation. The final top layer of pavement is scheduled to be put down April 28. The project budget, totaling $778,542, is funded by the Community Development Block Grant program and the City’s Water and Sewer enterprise funds.
- Wisdom Way - MassDOT and C&A Construction Company of Chicopee are expected to resume their work reconstructing the roadway between River and Mill streets and the main entrance to the Franklin County Fairgrounds the week of March 27. Remaining work includes construction of a bicycle/walking path, road paving, landscaping and installation of bike racks and benches. Wisdom Way reopened in December following extensive work that included a new retaining wall and gas, sewer, water and drainage lines. The project is slated for completion by May. The City’s cost for the project is approximately $338,000 for design and engineering work and right-of-way acquisition. The total cost is projected to be approximately $3.3 million, with the balance funded by MassDOT and the federal government.
During construction, there may be periodic delays and street closures. The City is working to keep affected residents and businesses informed. Motorists who are able to use alternate routes are encouraged to do so. All construction timelines are subject to change based on weather conditions and other factors.