With spring’s arrival, Greenfield public works projects underway

Staff Report

Published: 04-06-2023 1:55 PM

GREENFIELD — Now that spring has arrived and asphalt plants are reopening, a number of public works projects across the city are resuming or commencing.

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,” Public Works Director Marlo Warner II said in a statement. “We work hard to keep Greenfield’s infrastructure in a state of good repair, and all five of these projects are proof of that.”

The projects are as follows:

Newell Pond Road: Ludlow-based Haluch Water Contracting is replacing the water main on Newell Pond Road. Construction began the week of March 27 and is continuing 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 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 nearly $1.77 million, funded by the city’s capital budget and Chapter 90 funding from the state.

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 will be completed within a month. The cost of the project is $95,325, funded by Massachusetts Department of Transportation’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 top layer of pavement is scheduled to be put down April 28. The project, costing $778,542, is funded by the Community Development Block Grant program and the city’s Water and Sewer enterprise funds.

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Wisdom Way: MassDOT and C&A Construction Co. of Chicopee have resumed work reconstructing the roadway between River and Mill streets, as well as the main entrance to the Franklin County Fairgrounds. 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 installing 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 roughly $338,000 for design and engineering work and right-of-way acquisition. The total cost is projected to be around $3.3 million, with the balance funded by MassDOT and the federal government.

During construction, there may be periodic delays and street closures. Drivers who are able to use alternate routes are encouraged to do so. All timelines are subject to change based on weather conditions and other factors.

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