The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has prepared the following summary of the project status on Trapelo Road. This report, prepared promptly in response to my recent inquiry, does indicate some delays versus the original schedule.
The original goal was to get full paving buttoned up from Waltham to near Cushing Square in this season. Now the intention is “to have the intermediate paving done to the intersection of Beech” Street in this season.
Part of the reason for the delay has been underground conflicts among planned drainage structures and traffic signal foundations and existing underground utilities. This is something that cannot be fully anticipated in advance given the age of the road and lack of entirely accurate drawings — the contractor has dug “over 100” test pits and found multiple conflicts that have required plan revisions.
I do believe that MassDOT is working hard to keep things as close to the original schedule as possible and I’ll continue to follow their efforts and report periodically.
The full text of the statement from MassDOT engineers appears below.
Release Date July 11, 2014
Project Roadway Reconstruction and Related Work (Including Traffic Signals) on Sections of Trapelo Road and Belmont Street
Status 17% complete
Description – The project consists of pavement micromilling, pavement overlays, full depth reconstruction, minor roadway widening, roadway drainage, sidewalk construction, water adjustments, wall construction, removing and installing MBTA catenary poles, construction of traffic signals and the installation of signs, pavement markings and incidental work along the Trapelo Road/Belmont Street corridor in the Towns of Belmont and Watertown. Newport Construction Corporation of Nashua New Hampshire is constructing the project.
Current Project Status – To date the stone walls near Mill St. have been constructed as well as the roadway widening in that area. New traffic islands are being constructed at Mill St. to accommodate the new traffic signals which should be installed within the next few months.
Granite curb and sidewalk has been installed from Mill St. to Pleasant St. and is presently continuing easterly.
The Municipal parking lot has been repaved, striped and reopened for parking. The sidewalks in the Waverly Square area are nearing completion. And the new bus shelter is ready to be installed.
Ongoing Operations – Curb and sidewalk work will continue from Waverly Sq. East toward Beech St. All drainage improvements have been installed through Beech St. to Wellington Brook and will continue from Palfrey Sq. through Cushing Sq.
Permanent trench patching is currently taking place to be followed by the first section of micro milling and repaving the roadway with the intermediate course which will include Mill St. to Lexington St., including Lexington and Church St.
Future Work this Season – Work will continue to progress easterly to the end of the construction season with the intention to have the intermediate paving done to the intersection of Beech St. by that time.
If possible Drainage improvements will continue through the winter months.
Schedule – The total spending to date has been over $2.5 million and we are 17% complete as of June 30, 2014.
The project is not without its issues. The contractor has excavated over 100 test pits to locate existing underground utilities and identify any potential conflicts with the proposed underground work. Multiple conflicts affecting the installation of drainage structures and traffic signal foundations were identified, which in turn has required the Design Consultant (BSC) to revise the plans to avoid the conflicts if possible. If these revisions were not made to the drainage and traffic signal plans, the project would suffer more extensive delays while waiting for the respective utility companies to relocate their infrastructure.
The contractor is approximately 12 % behind schedule due to these utility issues and it is too early to assess the schedule impacts but MassDOT and the contractor are exploring all options to expedite the project and get back on schedule.
Note: Additional project information and history can be found by visiting MassDOT’s website at: http://www.massdot.state.ma.us and clicking on the Projects tab, then selecting “Current Road and Bridge Projects” and after entering the Town of Belmont or Watertown, select Project No. 604688.
New sidewalk along Church St. with colored concrete and new scoring pattern.
New sidewalk and stone wall along Belmont Housing Authority near Mill St./Trapelo Rd.