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Gallivan/Franklin Field developments to receive extensive roadway repairs

Posted by Patrick Rosso  October 11, 2012 09:22 AM

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Dorchester’s Franklin Field housing development and Mattapan’s Gallivan housing development will soon be receiving repairs to their roadways and other areas, according to the city of Boston.

Nearly $7 million has been set aside to repair sidewalks, roads, landscaping and lighting in the housing developments.

“The streets have deteriorated to the level where they need some attention,” said Zachary Wassmouth, principal civil engineer for Public Works.

Franklin Field, constructed in 1954, is an elderly and family development with 386 family units ranging from one to five-bedrooms and 46 one-bedroom elderly/disabled units, according to the Boston Housing Authority.

The city’s Department of Public Works will spend close to $3.3 million to repair the development’s inner roadways. Trees and lighting will also be added to Stratton Street and signals and sidewalks will be adjusted at Westview Street and Blue Hill Avenue for pedestrians.

Close to $3.6 million will be used to repair thoroughfares in the Gallivan development, which was constructed in 1953 and covers approximately 27 acres of land. The site holds 248 units that range from two, three, and four-bedroom apartments, according to the Boston Housing Authority.

Roadways in the development will be resurfaced and sidewalks will be repaired. Bump outs, sidewalk extensions, will also be added to some intersections for pedestrians.

Trees and some landscaping improvements will also be included in the work.

Repairs are expected to begin on the Franklin Field roads in the spring of 2013 and construction is anticipated to end in the fall of 2013. The Gallivan development repairs won’t begin until the summer of 2013 and work may carry over into 2014 depending on conditions.

Public Works is expected to hold community meetings in the coming weeks to discuss with residents the projects’ impacts.

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