Friday, August 22, 2014

Paving Construction Update - Week of August 25th

Paving operations in Florence were halted around noon on Thursday, August 21st due to wet weather, and no street paving will occur on Friday due to continued wet conditions. Warner Bros will be working on sidewalk and driveway transitions at various locations during the day on Friday.

For the week of August 25th, weather permitting, Warner Bros will resume paving operations on Main and North Main Streets. Work on sidewalk and driveway transitions at various locations may be ongoing throughout the week.

Two-way traffic will be maintained in Florence Center. One way traffic will be in effect on North Main Street. On Street parking will not be allowed on Monday and Tuesday.

In order to maintain the integrity of new paving, the surface must cool to approximately 140 degrees before traffic is allowed on the new surface, and some detours will be required. Motorists should seek alternate routes or expect delays. Please obey direction from on-duty traffic officers. The contractor will do their best to provide local driveway access during paving operations.

Monday, 8/25
  • Paving - Main Street, Chestnut Street and south side of North Main Street toward roundabout
Tuesday, 8/26
  • Paving - North Main Street to roundabout
 Wednesday, 8/27
  • Paving - North Main Street from roundabout to Florence Street
Thursday, 8/28
  • Sidewalk and driveway transitions - various locations
 Friday, 8/29
  • Barrett Street chip seal paving (All States Asphalt)
  • Sidewalk and driveway transitions - various locations
Please contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you need more information.

Thank you for being patient and considerate during the paving process.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Paving Update - August 20th

Weather permitting, final paving of milled streets will continue Thursday, Friday and Monday.

Paving of the south side of Main Street in Florence and North Main Street to the roundabout is scheduled for Thursday 8/21.

Paving of the north side of Main Street in Florence and North Main Street to the roundabout is scheduled for Friday 8/22.

Paving of North Main Street from the roundabout to Florence Road is scheduled for Monday 8/25.

Paving may continue into Tuesday 8/26 if the schedule is delayed due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.

Two-way traffic will be maintained when possible in Florence Center. One way traffic will be in effect on North Main Street. On Street parking will not be allowed Thursday and Friday.

In order to maintain the integrity of new paving, the surface must cool to approximately 140 degrees before traffic is allowed on the new surface, and detours  will be required at cross streets that intercept freshly paved areas.

Motorists should seek alternate routes or expect delays. Please obey direction from on-duty traffic officers. The contractor will do their best to provide local resident driveway access during paving operations.

Please contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you need more information.

Thank you for being patient and considerate during the paving process. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Paving Construction Update - Week of August 18th

For the week of August 18th, Warner Bros., LLC will begin paving operations and their subcontractor will continue with handicap access ramps and miscellaneous work at various locations. The proposed schedule, which is dependent on acceptable weather conditions is as follows:

Monday, 8/18
  • Main & North Main Streets (Florence) - Handicap access ramps
  • North & Prospect Streets - Traffic control loops
  • Prospect St. - Concrete islands
Tuesday, 8/19
  • Bridge & North Streets - Paving
  • North Main Street (Florence) - Handicap access ramps
  • Prospect St. - Concrete islands
Wednesday 8/20
  • Prospect & Jackson Streets - Paving
  • North Main Street (Florence) - Handicap access ramps
Thursday 8/21
  • Main & Chestnut Streets (Florence) - Paving
  • North Main Street (Florence) - Handicap access ramps
Friday 8/22
  • North Main Street (Florence) - Paving
  • North Main Street (Florence) - Handicap access ramps
One way traffic will be maintained, but motorists should expect delays along these routes especially where paving operations are underway. Please contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you need more information.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Water Use Restriction Implemented

The City of Northampton Department of Public Works (DPW) is implementing a water use restriction for users of the Northampton Public Water Supply.  Limiting water use, especially non-essential outdoor water use, is needed to ensure a sustainable water supply and to protect stream flow for aquatic life 

An immediate ban on nonessential outdoor water use is required.  The following water uses are not allowed between 9am and 5pm.

·         Irrigation of lawns except by means of handheld hose
·         Washing of vehicles, other than by commercial car wash
·         Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks
·         Production of food is exempt from restrictions.

The City’s water supply system is regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).  DEP requires that water restriction be implemented when stream-flow in the Mill River drops below a certain quantity of flow (26.3 cubic feet per second) for a 3-day period.  The water restriction can be lifted when the stream flow rises above that level for 7 consecutive days.  The City will notify the public when the water restriction is lifted. Please visit the DPW website at www.northamptonma.gov/770/water for water conservation tips.

Any person found violating these water restrictions is subject to the fines established in Chapter 325 and Chapter 40 of the City Ordinances.  These fines are $100 for the first violation and $200 for the second and subsequent violations. 

EDWARD S. HUNTLEY, P.E.
DIRECTOR

Friday, August 8, 2014

Paving Construction Update - Week of August 11th

For the week of August 11th, Warner Bros., LLC and their subcontractors will be continuing with miscellaneous work at various locations where roadways have been milled. The proposed schedule, which is dependent on acceptable weather conditions is as follows:

Monday, 8/11
  • Bridge St - manhole/catch basin adjustments and handicap access ramps
  • Prospect St - concrete islands at Jackson/Woodlawn
 Tuesday, 8/12
  • Bridge, North and Jackson Streets - handicap access ramps
  • Prospect St - concrete islands at Jackson/Woodlawn
Wednesday, 8/13
  • Main Street (Florence) - handicap access ramps
  • Prospect St - concrete islands at Jackson/Woodlawn
Thursday/Friday, 8/14-15
  • North Main Street (Florence) - handicap access ramps
  • Prospect St - concrete islands at Jackson/Woodlawn
One way traffic will be maintained, but motorists should expect minor delays along these routes. Please contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you need more information.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Crack Sealing of Masonic & James House Parking Lots

On Friday, August 8th, Crack Sealing, Inc. will be crack sealing the Masonic Street and James House Parking Lots. Both parking lots will be closed while the work is underway. The work will begin in the Masonic Street lot, followed by the James House lot. It is anticipated that all work will be complete by early afternoon and available for parking.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Paving Construction Update - Week of August 4th

On Saturday, August 2nd, All States Asphalt will be installing a "shim coat" of pavement on Barrett Street in preparation for rubberized chip seal that will be applied toward the end of August. The shim work is anticipated to take half a day and be completed in the morning.

Warner Bros., LLC has completed milling in Florence on North Main Street, Main and Chestnut Streets and Prospect Street. Structures will continue to be replaced and adjusted on these streets during the week of August 4th. One way traffic will be maintained, but motorists should expect delays along these routes. There will be NO ON STREET PARKING in downtown Florence Monday through Wednesday, August 4th to 6th. The contractor will also be installing or replacing handicap access ramps at crosswalks along these streets, and some sidewalk sections will be closed or detoured for this work.

Milling will continue Monday August 4th on Jackson, North and Bridge Streets, in that order. The contractor will work late to complete these final streets that are being milled under this contract. One way traffic will be maintained, but motorists should expect delays along these routes.

An overview of the locations and general schedule is located here. A more detailed description of all pavement management occurring this year can be found here. Please contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you need more information.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Paving Construction Update

Warner Bros., LLC completed milling operations on North Main Street from near the Look Restaurant to the roundabout on Monday, July 28th. For the remainder of the week, milling operations will continue moving eastward from the roundabout to South Main Street. Milling on Chestnut Street from Main Street to High Street and on Prospect Street from North Elm street to Murphy Terrace is also expected to be completed this week.

Starting Wednesday, July 30th, a second crew will begin adjusting manhole structures and working on handicap access ramps along the same path that has been milled, working from west to east.

On Saturday, August 2nd, All States Asphalt will be installing a "shim coat" of pavement on Barrett Street in preparation for rubberized chip seal that will be applied toward the end of August. The shim work is anticipated to take half a day and be completed in the morning.

An overview of the locations and general schedule is located here. A more detailed description of all pavement management occurring this year can be found here. Please contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you need more information.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Damon Road Construction Advisory - Closure

Damon Road will be closed to all thru traffic starting on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 7:00 a.m. until Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. when the road is anticipated to open again.  Damon Road will be closed due to upgrades on the railroad crossing between King Street and Industrial Drive.  This railroad crossing upgrade is part of the Knowledge Corridor Project which will bring high speed rail service to Northampton and points beyond.


Damon Road will be open from Bridge Street (Route 9) to Industrial Drive.  Damon Road will be closed from King Street to Industrial Drive.

NO THRU TRAFFIC WILL BE ALLOWED ON DAMON ROAD.

Variable message boards will be set up during the week of July 28, 2014 at key locations to warn the traveling public in advance of this closing.  In addition Northampton Police Department will have Officers present at designated intersections to assist during the road closing along with general detour signs posted.  Local businesses should be open as usual on Damon Road and Industrial Drive.

Click here for a link to the contractor's flyer.



Monday, July 7, 2014

Preliminary Paving Schedule

Starting the week of July 21, 2014, Warner Brothers LLC of Sunderland will begin mobilizing to undertake repaving projects at various locations throughout the City. An overview of the locations and preliminary schedule is located here. A more detailed description of all pavement management occurring this year can be found here.

The contractor is required to maintain one lane traffic at all times except for brief closures that may be required to accommodate safe equipment movement. To avoid delays motorists should seek alternate routes while repaving construction is underway. This blog will be updated as required to provide more specific information once paving construction begins. Please contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you need more information.  

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Crack Sealing of City Streets

Beginning Friday, June 27th, pavement crack sealing will begin on Route 66 and continue on various streets throughout the City. The work will extend over the next several months as weather and contractor scheduling allow. Crack sealing will not occur if the pavement is wet or if wet weather is predicted.

The crack sealing operation will occur during regular construction hours (7 am - 3:30 pm). One travel lane will be open at all times by the NPD to maintain traffic flow during the crack sealing operations. Please be patient and obey the directions of the police officer on duty to ensure public safety. A list of the streets to be crack sealed is available at the DPW building, ask for Alex Bublik (413-587-1570 ext. 4312).

Thank you in advance for your patience while this maintenance work is being performed.

Friday, June 13, 2014

King St Brook and Sedimentation Pond Construction on the Northampton Bikeway

For the week of June 16th through the 20th, the Dept of Public Works will be working on the King St. Brook and the Sedimentation basin located at the end of the Northampton Bikeway by Stoddard St and State St and at the rear of Stop and Shop.

BIKEWAY USERS SHOULD TAKE NOTICE THAT THE BIKEWAY WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL BIKE AND PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC BETWEEN ADARE PLACE AND STODDARD ST. DURING THE WEEK OF CONSTRUCTION BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 6:30 AM TO 3:30PM. THE BIKEWAY WILL BE OPEN AT ALL OTHER TIMES.

PEDESTRIANS AND BICYCLISTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO DETOUR AROUND THE CONSTRUCTION USING  ADARE PLACE, PROSPECT STREET AND  STODDARD STREET.

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THERE WILL BE HEAVY EQUIPMENT TRAVELING UP AND DOWN THE BIKEWAY AT THE CLOSURE LOCATION. FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY, ALL USERS OF THE BIKEWAY WILL BE TURNED BACK AT THE CLOSURE LOCATIONS.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this construction process. The blog will be updated as needed during this week of construction.