Recently, Senator Brownsberger hosted a meeting with officials from MassDOT to get an update on the Trapelo Road reconstruction project. In attendance were Acting Highway Administrator Tinlin, District 4 Highway Director Paul Stedman, engineering staff from District 4, Belmont Town Administrator David Kale, Belmont Director of Community Development Glenn Clancy and Watertown Town Councilor Angie Kounelis. The project, which was scheduled to be completed in September, will take longer than anticipated, but the most challenging work is already complete and MassDOT does not expect any further major delays. Substantial progress has been made through Cushing Square and construction will continue easterly until completion.
Currently, the project is approximately 60% complete and $10 million of $17 million has been spent. The most challenging work, the subsurface work for utilities, drainage systems and signal foundations has already been completed. The contractor faced challenging conditions throughout much of the underground work that necessitated design modifications, which was the cause of much of the delays. MassDOT does not have an expected completion date. If the project is not finished by November, work will resume in March.
You can find a set of project plans here.
- 213 new trees have been planted so far, with more to come.
- MassDOT would like to coordinate with the Cushing Square redevelopment however if the timing of the projects does not match up the developer may be required to regrade the road after utility work.
- All of the cracked defective sidewalks will be removed and replaced. The cracking was caused by an issue with the air content of the concrete, notification will be given to abutters prior to the start of work.
- The new signals should be installed and operational by the end of the year.
- Rodent control measures are being taken.
- MBTA officials will meet with project management in August to discuss the timeline for the resumption of trackless trolley service. The catenary wires cannot be put up until the conclusion of construction.
Office of State Senator William N. Browsberger