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Wisdom Way repair could be delayed by 5 years

  • Wisdom Way in Greenfield wends its way up and across a steep embankment. March 3, 2018 Recorder Staff/Paul Franz—Paul Franz...

  • Wisdom Way in Greenfield wends its way up and across a steep embankment. March 3, 2018 Recorder Staff/Paul Franz—Paul Franz...

  • Wisdom Way in Greenfield wends its way up and across a steep embankment. March 3, 2018 Recorder Staff/Paul Franz—Paul Franz...



Recorder Staff
Monday, March 05, 2018

GREENFIELD — A need for more money may delay the repair of a failing retaining wall and other degradation on Wisdom Way.

According to Department of Public Works director Donald Ouellette, for a complete repair of the issues that plague the road, the city may have to wait for state money due the high potential cost of $4.5 million.

“The town can’t fund it or won’t fund it, and until we get funding that project is on hold,” he said.

According to Ouellette, the work on Wisdom Way, once it occurs, would include replacing a retaining wall, utility work, a realignment of the roadway, a new sidewalk, as well as a bicycle lane and rest area.

Ouellette said instead of city funding, the option is to get the project onto the Transportation Improvement Program, which he said receives state and federal money.

Getting onto this program list would allow the funding of the project to be covered through the state, except for design costs, which would be the city’s responsibility.

This could come with a problem though, as this could result in there being as long as a five-year delay between when the project would get on the Transportation Improvement Program and when work would begin, Ouellette noted. From there, it could take between one to one-and-a-half construction seasons to complete.

This number can fluctuate, according to Ouellette.

Ouellette said the Wisdom Way repairs could get moved up the list for the Transportation Improvement Program if “we’re very aggressive with the design,” but could also get moved down, depending on other projects being added. These variations are generally no more than a year, according to Ouellette.

Until the work occurs, Ouellette said the Department of Public Works will continue to monitor the issues on Wisdom Way. The city has a baseline survey of Wisdom Way, he said, and when there is a lack of inclement weather, the road will be compared to that survey.

With that information, the city will determine if any additional action will need to be taken.

You can reach Dan Desrochers at:

ddesrochers@recorder.com

413-772-0261, ext. 257