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Salem to begin phase two of pedestrian mall construction

Posted by Terri Ogan  May 3, 2013 03:38 PM

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The next round of construction for the Essex Street pedestrian mall will begin on Monday May 13 and will end no later than Sunday June 30.

This round of work includes:

-Removal of both landscaping beds located in front of the Museum Place Mall, and replacement with brick matching the existing pattern
-The removal of eight diseased street trees and replacement with seven new trees in front of Coons, to Cabot Money Management (216 to 226 Essex Street) and one new street tree planted in front of the Magic Parlor (213 Essex Street), between the two existing street lights
-The removal of the kiosk and replacement with brick paving
-The removal of cobble parking tabs and replacement with brick to match the existing patterns in three areas along the pedestrian mall (between Washington Street and Derby Square, Derby Square and Central Street, and Central Street to Museum Square) and replacement with brick matching the existing pattern
-The resetting of cobblestone areas to correct drainage and settling problems

The rehabilitation of the water fountain at the corner of Washington Street and Essex Street will not be done as part of this round of improvements. That specialized work is currently out to bid and is estimated to commence by Monday July 29 and wrap up on Friday September 13.

Phase one of the construction plans started in August of 2012 and ended the following September, and included removing three landscaping beds in the area.

Terri Ogan can be reached at oganglobe@gmail.com, or follow her on Twitter.

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