Route 2 resurfacing planned near French King Bridge this summer

  • The French King Bridge between Gill and Erving. STAFF PHOTO/JULIAN MENDOZA

  • The French King Bridge between Gill and Erving. STAFF PHOTO/JULIAN MENDOZA

Staff Writer
Published: 7/14/2022 7:44:49 PM
Modified: 7/14/2022 7:42:04 PM

ERVING — The town announced this week that the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) plans to resurface Route 2 between the French King Bridge and the west end of Old State Road in a project that may extend through spring 2023.

The project is slated to begin at some point this summer. In addition to resurfacing work between Erving and Gill, the work will also include the addition of bicycle lanes and sidewalks along Route 2 near Semb Drive and the Erving Post Office, plus a crosswalk with pedestrian flashing beacons and new line painting.

The MassDOT highway project information center denotes a nearly $3.5 million construction bid price. The project will be funded through the 2022 Transportation Improvement Program for the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG).

Erving’s Assistant Town Planner Mariah Kurtz said she anticipates traffic disruptions as the project commences, but has not yet been given any indication as to what this might entail.

“We know there will be some disruption to the road,” she said, “but we’re not sure the extent of it.”

Kurtz said town officials “don’t believe” there will be any disruption to the French King Bridge safety barrier installation project. The project to install safety barriers at the bridge, which has garnered a reputation as a destination for suicides, was delayed after being kept off of MassDOT’s Capital Investment Plan in the spring of 2020. It wasn’t until February 2021, following a series of inquiries from town officials, that MassDOT announced the project is finally moving ahead, with construction planned for this summer.

For both the road resurfacing project and the safety barrier project, MassDOT will be establishing a site office in Erving, according to Erving’s town website.

Regardless of the potential for traffic issues, Gill Town Administrator Ray Purington said news of the inbound resurfacing project is positive.

“It’s always good to have the state roads kept in good condition,” he said.

Reach Julian Mendoza
at 413-772-0261, ext. 261 or jmendoza@recorder.com.


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