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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Harris Street Water Main Construction Traffic Update

The Water Construction Division will be replacing the water main on Harris St. beginning this week (May 23rd).  The traffic pattern will be temporarily changing for Phase One portion of the project which will last approximately three weeks.
Beginning on Tuesday May 24th Harris Street will be closed from Green Street to Park Street and No Parking signs will be posted along all of Harris Street between the hours of 7:00 am until 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
To access businesses and residences on Harris Street during Phase One, cars may enter on Park Street and will then be allowed access to Harris Street and exit onto Green Street (this will be a reverse flow from the normal traffic pattern).   Police detail officers will be posted at the top of Park Street and Harris Street at Green Street to assist drivers while this temporary traffic pattern change is in effect.
At the end of the workday, normal traffic patterns will resume. During Phase Two of the project, which will last approximately three weeks, Harris Street from Green Street to Park Street will be closed to traffic. Cars may enter Park Street to access Harris Street and exit onto State Street

Amesbury & Salisbury – Overnight Closures of I-495 North & I-95 North Ramps May 23-25

Whittier Bridge/I-95 Improvement Project
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Amesbury & Salisbury – Overnight Closures of I-495 North & I-95 North Ramps 
May 23-25
MassDOT will implement highway and ramp closures overnight on Monday, May 23, through Wednesday, May 25, each day as follows:
  • Route 110 on-ramp to I-95 North: from 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM 
  • I-495 North from Route 110 to I-95 North: from 12:00 AM to 3:00 AM
  • Exit 60 off-ramp from I-95 North to Toll Road/Route 286: from 3:00 AM to 7:00 AM 
The closures are necessary for the contractor to continue paving operations. Signage will be in place and drivers should use the following detour routes:
Route 110 on-ramp to I-95 North between 7:00 PM and 12:00 AM
  • Route 110 East to I-95 North Detour: Continue past the on-ramp and take the first left onto Rabbit Road. Continue straight across Route 286 onto Main Street, turn left onto Toll Road, then take a right onto the I-95 North on-ramp.
  • Route 110 West to I-95 North Detour: Turn right onto Rabbit Road before the on-ramp. Continue straight across Route 286 onto Main Street, turn left onto Toll Road, then take a right onto the I-95 North on-ramp.
I-495 North traveling to I-95 North between 12:00 AM and 3:00 AM
  • All traffic will take Exit 55 for Route 110. Merge onto Route 110 East/Macy Street. Immediately after going under I-95, take a left onto the on-ramp to I-95 North.
Exit 60 from I-95 North to Toll Road/Route 286 between 3:00 AM and 7:00 AM
  • To reach Toll Road and Route 286, continue north on I-95 and take Exit 1 for Route 107 in New Hampshire. Turn left onto Route 107, then take the ramp for I-95 South to reach Toll Road via Exit 60.
MassDOT encourages drivers to avoid the area and seek alternate routes to minimize delays. Those traveling through the area should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution.
For more information, questions or concerns about the work, please contact Daniel Fielding, MassDOT Legislative Liaison, at857-368-8959 or daniel.fielding@dot.state.ma.us

For more information about the project, visit the website at www.mass.gov/massdot/whittierbridge. View progress photos on MassDOT’s Whittier Bridge Flickr Album.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Construction Beginning May 2016 on Phase II of Newburyport's Clipper City Rail Trail

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has contracted with E.T. & L. Corporation to build Phase II of the Clipper City Rail Trail.  The contractor is an experienced heavy construction firm that has installed a number of rail trails in Westfield, Southwick, Easthampton, Northampton, and other Massachusetts towns.  Construction is scheduled to begin in late May or June 2016.
Phase I of the popular trail was constructed from Parker Street to the waterfront in the North End of Newburyport in 2008-2010.  Phase II of the Rail Trail will extend 1.5 miles from the eastern edge of the central waterfront through Newburyport’s South End to Parker Street in Newbury.  Similar to Phase I, the trail will be an 8-10’ wide asphalt multi-use pathway for pedestrians, bicyclists, wheelchair users, strollers, skaters, scooters, skateboarders, dog-walkers, etc., and will serve people of all ages and all abilities.  It will have multiple access points and be easily accessible.  The trail will have a varied character, travelling along the Merrimack River, through the South End residential neighborhood, and curving through acres of woodlands.   Initial public meetings for the trail were held 15 years ago, and there have been over 50 public meetings about the project including about 40 in the past four years. 
In the coming weeks, neighbors will see workers clearing debris from the corridor and establishing the pathway’s centerline and limits of work.  Abutters should remove any property that might be stored in the corridor.  The first major phase of construction is expected to begin in late May or June once the state’s survey workers have marked the trail, with the contractor’s crews clearing trees and other vegetation along the corridor primarily between Parker and Water Streets.  Trees and other vegetation need to be cleared in order to excavate and grade the pathway, as well as provide clear and open sight lines for the eventual users of the trail.  The alignment of the trail was planned in part to avoid impacting larger specimen trees.  The majority of trees that will be removed are formally listed as “invasive species” that threaten native plants, primarily Norway maples and black locusts as well as others.  As part of the multi-year planning process, the City has worked with dozens of abutters regarding their preferences for either maintaining or eliminating trees along the edge of the public corridor.  New trees, shrubs and other plantings will be installed along the corridor towards the end of the job.  Tree clearing is almost never pretty, and the corridor will look very different from the existing conditions with which people are familiar.  The City appreciates everyone’s patience with this phase of construction. 
The City has not yet received a formal construction schedule.  In general, it is anticipated that the state contractor will focus this spring and summer on clearing the stretch between Parker and Water Streets and then excavating to install stormwater management structures, and begin to address the portion along the shoreline in the fall of 2016.  The state contract allows the contractor up to three years to complete construction of the trail.  The City has advocated for a tighter timeframe and will work with MassDOT and E.T.&L. Corp. to try to complete the project early.  As a federal aid project, the City and its design consultant Stantec are providing oversight, but it is now a state project with a MassDOT Resident Engineer assigned to manage the contractor.  Construction of the trail is being funded by federal and state transportation funding, including the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality Program, Transportation Enhancement Program, and Surface Transportation Program.  
Contact Geordie Vining, Senior Project Manager in Newburyport’s Planning Office, for more information at (978) 465-4400.  Plans are available at:http://www.cityofnewburyport.com/sites/newburyportma/files/u64/1._606503_plans_pse_submittal_full_set_09-08-2015.pdf

Whittier Bridge/I-95 Improvement Project - Overnight Closure of Rt. 286/Main St. Ramp to I-95 South, May 16-18

MassDOT’s contractor, Walsh-McCourt JV1, will close the Route 286/Main Street on-ramp to I-95 South from Monday, May 16, to Wednesday, May 
18, from 8:00 PM each night to 5:00 AM the following morning. This closure is required for the contractor to widen the roadway and reset the edge of the road.

Traffic on Route 286/Main Street destined for I-95 South should follow the signed detour route:
  • Take Rabbit Road south and turn right on Route 110/Elm Street in Amesbury. After going under I-95, turn right to take the on-ramp to I-95 South.
MassDOT will also implement several overnight lane closures during the week of May 15. For more details, please visit the project website.
MassDOT encourages drivers to avoid the area and seek alternate routes to minimize delays. Those traveling through the area should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution. 
For more information, questions or concerns about the work, please contact Daniel Fielding, MassDOT Legislative Liaison, at 857-368-8959 or daniel.fielding@dot.state.ma.us
For more information about the project, visit the website at www.mass.gov/massdot/whittierbridge. View progress photos on MassDOT’s Whittier Bridge Flickr Album.


The schedule for this major infrastructure project is weather dependent and subject to change without notice.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Volunteer to help with this Year's City-Wide Clean Sweep

This year's city-wide Clean Sweep will be held Saturday May 21, 2016 from 9am to Noon. We will meet at the Cashman Park playground area and focus on cleaning up Newburyport's shorelines and waterways.  

Below is a link to the signup page:

http://newburyportparks.com/clean-sweep.html




Whittier Bridge/I-95 Improvement Project - Overnight Ramp and Lane Closures (I-95, Rt. 110, I-495, Rt. 286), May 9-13

MassDOT’s contractor, Walsh-McCourt JV1, will implement the following overnight lane and ramp closures the week of May 8, from8:00 PM each night to 5:00 AM the following morning:
Monday, May 9:
  • Ramp Closure: Route 110 on-ramp to I-95 North
  • I-95 North: One right lane from Route 110 to I-495
  • I-495 North: One left lane from Route 110 to I-95 North
Tuesday, May 10:
  • Ramp Closure: Route 110 on-ramp to I-95 North
  • I-95 North: One right lane from Route 110 to I-495
  • I-495 North: One left lane from Route 110 to I-95 North
Wednesday, May 11:
  • Ramp Closure: Exit 60 from I-95 North to Toll Road/Route 286
  • I-95 North: One right lane from I-495 to Toll Road Bridge
  • I-95 South: Two right lanes from Route 286 to Route 110
  • I-495 North: One right lane from Route 110 to I-95 North
Thursday, May 12:
  • Ramp Closure: Exit 60 from I-95 North to Toll Road/Route 286
  • Ramp Closure: Route 286/Main Street on-ramp to I-95 South
  • I-95 North: One right lane from I-495 to Toll Road Bridge
  • I-95 South: One right lane from Toll Road Bridge to I-495
  • I-495 North: One right lane from Route 110 to I-95 North
Friday, May 13:
  • Ramp Closure: Route 286/Main Street on-ramp to I-95 South
  • I-95 South: One right lane from Toll Road Bridge to I-495 
These closures are required for the contractor to widen the roadway and reset the edge of the highway on I-95 North and South.
Detour Routes for Ramp Closures
The detour route to reach Toll Road and Route 286 in Salisbury while Exit 60 is closed is as follows:
  • Continue north on I-95 and take Exit 1 for Route 107 in New Hampshire. Turn left onto Route 107, then take the on-ramp for I-95 South to reach Toll Road via Exit 60.
Traffic on Route 286/Main Street destined for I-95 South should follow the signed detour route:
  • Take Rabbit Road south and turn right on Route 110/Elm Street in Amesbury. After going under I-95, turn right to take the on-ramp to I-95 South.
The detour routes (see map) for Route 110 east and westbound traffic destined for I-95 North are listed below.
Route 110 East to I-95 North Detour:
  • Continue past the on-ramp and take the first left onto Rabbit Road, continue straight across Route 286 onto Main Street, turn left onto Toll Road, then take a right onto the I-95 North on-ramp.
Route 110 West to I-95 North Detour:
  • Turn right onto Rabbit Road before the on-ramp, continue straight across Route 286 onto Main Street, turn left onto Toll Road, then take a right onto the I-95 North on-ramp.
Signage will be in place indicating the detour routes. MassDOT encourages drivers to avoid the area and seek alternate routes to minimize delays. Those traveling through the area should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution. 
For more information, questions or concerns about the work, please contact Daniel Fielding, MassDOT Legislative Liaison, at 857-368-8959 or daniel.fielding@dot.state.ma.us
For more information about the project, visit the website at www.mass.gov/massdot/whittierbridge. View progress photos on MassDOT’s Whittier Bridge Flickr Album.
The schedule for this major infrastructure project is weather dependent and subject to change without notic