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Greenfield sidewalk repairs about to begin

GREENFIELD — The sidewalks along the north side of Silver Street are about to be replaced at a cost to the town of about $103,528.

“These walks have settled over the years and have been disturbed by tree roots,” said Sara Campbell, the town’s engineering superintendent.

Campbell said there are places along the sidewalk that are lower than the street and collect rain water and ice over in the winter, causing a safety hazard.

She said the new sidewalks will be reinforced concrete. She said public works prefers to replace sidewalks with concrete whenever possible, though sometimes patches are done with blacktop to prevent trip hazards when slabs have moved or broken apart.

The sidewalks from Federal to Vermont streets will cost $86,173 to replace and additional work from Vermont to Davis streets will cost $17,355, said Campbell.

Gomes Construction Co. of Ludlow will do the work, which is expected to be completed within the next month.

Campbell said if all goes well with that project, the final stretch from Davis to Birch streets will be completed by the end of the year.

She said construction of sidewalks is always sent out to bid except when the town needs to replace or repair a small stretch because of sewer repair or something similar.

“Contractors who have the forms and the daily expertise move much faster than we would,” said Campbell.

She said C&A Construction of Ludlow replaced and repaired the sidewalks on Maple and Sanderson streets.

The town plans to replace sidewalks on Elm, Conway and Hall streets and Columbus Avenue in the spring and will use Community Development Block Grant money for that project.

Campbell said the town will most likely schedule the south side of Silver Street for next summer, or as soon as plans for the new high school renovation are completed.

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