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Natick doing road repaving projects this summer

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  July 11, 2012 03:56 PM

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Natick started the town's annual street repaving last week, and will spend $1.3 million this year to renovate over a dozen local roads.

The town will simultaneously wrap up a year-long $2.2 million construction project along Oak Street.

Roads being repaved this year in the annual project include Rockland Street, Farwell Street, Flynn Street, Stanley Street, Jennings Pond Road, Grove Road, Shore Road, Laconia Road, Erlandson Road, East Evergreen Road, Rutledge Road, Wentworth Road and Wedgewood Road.

Rockland and Farwell streets are being completely rebuilt, while the other batch will be repaved, said town project engineer Jeff Hansen.

"They're in bad shape," Hansen said of the roads. "There are pot holes, and they haven’t been resurfaced in a long time."

D&R General Contracting from Melrose will carry out the improvements.

The funding for the project mostly comes from state Chapter 90 allocations, plus some mitigation money from South Natick Hills, Hansen said.

"That’s what we use to pave the roads every year," Hansen said of the Chapter 90 funding.

Hansen said the town has a five-year plan set each year to map out which roads receive improvements.

"We have a pavement program where we rate all the roads, and it changes from year to year," he said.

Hansen said there should be little to no traffic impacts during the construction, as detail officers will help keep traffic moving on the streets, which are usually side roads and don't see much activity anyway.

Hansen said he is not sure when the project is slated to finish.

Additionally, the town is gearing up to complete a year-long $2.2 million restructuring project on Oak Street, spanning the whole length of the road, Hansen said.

The town capital project began last summer with drainage improvements, and will finish up in the next month with repaving, Hansen said.

"There’s a lot of roads in Natick that are in bad shape, and Oak Street definitely needed it," Hansen said.

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