Saturday, April 15, 2017

Department of Public Works Street Sweeping Operations 2017

The Department of Public Works will be starting their annual street sweeping. We will be sweeping the City Wards in the following order: 1, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.

We expect that we will start in the last week of April and it will continue until completed in the late summer.

The D.P.W. will be sweeping the school parking lots starting next Tuesday April 18th during spring school vacation. That operation will be completed by Friday April 21st.

We will also be sweeping the Downtown Business District and Florence Center every other week during the sweeping season from 11pm to 7am. The dates will vary and be dependent on the weather.

We will keep the blog updated with information.  If you have any questions please contact the Highway Superintendent.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Construction Update - Weeks of April 17th and 24th

For the weeks of April 17th and 24th, weather permitting, the following work is scheduled:

Pleasant Street Improvements Project
  • The City has contracted with JBL Construction Company of Springfield, MA to implement roadway, bicycle and pedestrian improvements on Pleasant Street from Hampton Avenue to Hockanum Road
  • The project will begin at Hockanum Road with the removal of sidewalk and curbing and the installation of drainage and new curbing.
Pleasant and Williams Street and Hockanum Road Gas Work
  • Columbia Gas is replacing gas main and services along these routes. Work will continue through the spring and summer.
River Road Retaining Wall
  •  ET&L Corporation is replacing the River Road retaining wall. Beginning October 31st the road will be CLOSED from just north of the driveway entry to Highview to the the bridge near the Williamsburg Town line and a DETOUR will be in place. The project is scheduled to be completed in early May 2017, and this road section will be closed for the duration of construction.
Pulaski Park Phase 1
  • Mountain View Landscapes has regraded and replaced sod at the rear of the park, and the area is fenced off. Please respect the fence and stay off the restored area.
Pulaski Park Phase 2
  • Mass-West Construction will continue construction on Phase 2 of Pulaski Park, the Overlook at the rear of the park that will connect it to the Roundhouse Parking lot. The project is anticipated to be completed in the late spring of 2017.
  • The construction area will be fenced, and parking spaces in the lot will be reduced for the duration of the project.
  • There will be no pedestrian access from the parking lot up the stairs near South Street. Pedestrian access from the parking lot to Main Street will be via Crafts Avenue or the stairs behind City Hall for the duration of the project.
  • Construction vehicles will be accessing the site through the parking lot. Motorists and pedestrians are advised to be aware of construction activity and use caution when parking and walking in the lot. 
Contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you need more information.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Temporary Lane Closure on Market, Hatfield, & Bright Streets

The Department of Public Works will be closing one travel lane on Market, Hatfield, & Bright Streets between 7am at 11am on April 13, 2017.

The lane closures will be staggered and for the purpose of repairing roadway trench cuts.. The roads will have one lane open at all times during this project, and police details will be present.

Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes if possible, and please be prepared for traffic delays. Motorists are advised to approach this work zone with caution.

This message will be updated as needed, thank you for your cooperation.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Audubon Road Utilites and Road Reconstruction Project



The City has awarded this project to Borges Construction of Ludlow, MA. Construction is expected to begin later this spring. This project is part of the City's continuing work to improve and update municipal infrastructure.

Beginning at the intersection of Mulberry St., River Rd. and Reservoir Rd. and proceeding generally northwesterly along Audubon Road to approximately 179 Audubon Rd. This project will consist of installation of approximately 3,000 linear feet of new water main, including hydrants and service connections. Work in this area will also include replacement of drainage utilities and the replacement of the existing roadway culvert with a new 3-sided culvert. The roadway in this area will be reclaimed and repaved.

Roadway reclamation and repaving will also be performed on Audubon Road from the Kennedy Road intersection,  proceeding generally easterly approximately 600 linear feet.

Throughout most of construction, it is anticipated that one-way traffic will be maintained. However, during construction of the new culvert and at other intervals, it may be necessary to temporarily close the road to through traffic. Motorist should seek alternate routes once construction gets underway.

During construction, this blog will be updated weekly with expected work activities and traffic limitations.

Please contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you require additional information.

Friday, March 17, 2017

North Farms Rd. & North Maple St. Water Main and Day Ave. Water Main, Sewer & Drain Replacement




The City has awarded this project to Caracas Construction of Ludlow, MA, and construction will begin later this spring. This project is part of the City's continuing work to improve and update municipal infrastructure.


On Day Avenue, this project involves the replacement of water, sewer and drainage utilities, sidewalks, curbing, driveway entrances and roadway reconstruction. The work on North Maple Street and North Farms Road is limited to water main replacement and trench repair.

Through traffic will be maintained on North Maple Street and North Farms Road. Due to the extent of construction required, traffic on Day Avenue may be limited to local use only for much of the project. Motorist should seek alternate routes once construction gets underway.

During construction, this blog will be updated weekly with expected work activities and traffic limitations.

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

Monday, March 6, 2017

Temporary Road Closure on Market Street

Market Street between Walnut Street and Union Street will be temporarily closed to thru traffic on March 9th, 2017.

The temporary road closure on Market Street will be from 7:30am until 3:00pm to complete emergency repairs to a sanitary sewer service.

All Bridge Street School traffic should access Union Street from the intersection of Main Street and Market Street.

The road will reopen open after the work is complete, and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes if possible.

Police Details will be present to help direct traffic, motorists are advised to approach this work zone with caution, and be prepared for traffic delays.

This message will be updated as needed, thank you for your cooperation.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Temporary Road Closure on Bright Street


Bright Street between King Street and State Street will be temporarily closed to thru traffic on February 8th, 2017.

The temporary road closure on Bright Street will be from 7:30am until 3:00pm to complete emergency repairs to a sanitary sewer service.

All residential traffic can enter and exit on the King Street end of Bright Street.

The road will reopen open after the work is complete, and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes if possible.

Motorists are advised to approach this work zone with caution, and be prepared for traffic delays.

This message will be updated as needed, thank you for your cooperation. .

Monday, January 30, 2017

Temporary Lane Closure on King Street Southbound Overnight

King Street/Route 5 South, between North King Street and Barrett Street will temporarily have one lane closed to traffic on January 30th & 31st, 2017.

The lane closure on King Street will be from 2:00pm today to 3:00pm tomorrow afternoon to complete emergency repairs to the road due to a water main break.

The road will reopen open after the work is complete, and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes if possible.

Motorists are advised to approach this work zone with caution and be prepared to merge into the left hand lane. Please be prepared for traffic delays.

This message will be updated as needed, thank you for your cooperation.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Temporary Road Closure on Linden Street

Linden Street between Parsons Street and Market Street will be temporarily closed to thru traffic on January 20th, 2017.

The road closure on Linden Street will be from 7:30am until 10:00am to complete emergency repairs to a failing road cut.

The road will reopen open after the work is complete, and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes if possible.

Motorists are advised to approach this work zone with caution, and be prepared for traffic delays.

This message will be updated as needed, thank you for your cooperation.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Temporary Road Closure on Bright Street

Bright Street between State Street and King Street will be temporarily closed to thru traffic on January 9th, 2017.

The road closure on Bright Street will be from 7:00am until 3:00pm for the purpose of trimming the trees in the tree belt. The road will reopen open after the work is complete and police details will be present.

Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes if possible, and please be prepared for traffic delays. Motorists are advised to approach this work zone with caution.

This message will be updated as needed, thank you for your cooperation.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Construction Update - Week of December 5th

For the week of December 5th, weather permitting, the following work is scheduled:

River Road Retaining Wall
  •  ET&L Corporation is replacing the River Road retaining wall. Beginning October 31st the road will be CLOSED from just north of the driveway entry to Highview to the the bridge near the Williamsburg Town line and a DETOUR will be in place. The project is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2017, and this road section will be closed for the duration of construction.
Pulaski Park Phase 1
  • Mountain View Landscapes has regraded and replaced sod at the rear of the park, and this area will remain fenced off until the ground freezes. Please respect the fence and stay off the newly restored area.
Pulaski Park Phase 2
  • Mass-West Construction will continue construction on Phase 2 of Pulaski Park, the Overlook at the rear of the park that will connect it to the Roundhouse Parking lot. The project is anticipated to be completed in the late spring of 2017.
  • The construction area is fenced, and parking spaces in the lot will be reduced for the duration of the project.
  • There will be no pedestrian access from the parking lot up the stairs near South Street. Pedestrian access from the parking lot to Main Street will be via Crafts Avenue or the stairs behind City Hall for the duration of the project.
  • Construction vehicles will be accessing the site through the parking lot. Motorists and pedestrians are advised to be aware of construction activity and use caution when parking and walking in the lot. 
Glendale Road Landfill - Solar PV
  • Ameresco will continue with the solar PV installation on the landfill. The project is anticipated to be completed by early January. For the duration of the project, there will be an increase in truck traffic on Glendale Road for material and construction equipment delivery to the site.
Contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you need more information.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Construction Update - Week of November 28th

For the week of November 28th, weather permitting, the following work is scheduled:

Clement Street Bridge
  • On Friday, December 2nd, AECOM will be conducting a semi-annual bridge inspection for MassDOT from 8 am to 4 pm. The bridge will be CLOSED between 9 am and 2 pm. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes.
River Road Retaining Wall
  •  ET&L Corporation is replacing the River Road retaining wall. Beginning October 31st the road will be CLOSED from just north of the driveway entry to Highview to the the bridge near the Williamsburg Town line and a DETOUR will be in place. The project is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2017, and this road section will be closed for the duration of construction.
Pulaski Park Phase 1
  • Mountain View Landscapes has regraded and replaced sod at the rear of the park, and this area will remain fenced off until the ground freezes. Please respect the fence and stay off the newly restored area.
Pulaski Park Phase 2
  • Mass-West Construction will continue construction on Phase 2 of Pulaski Park, the Overlook at the rear of the park that will connect it to the Roundhouse Parking lot. The project is anticipated to be completed in the late spring of 2017.
  • The construction area will be fenced, and parking spaces in the lot will be reduced for the duration of the project.
  • There will be no pedestrian access from the parking lot up the stairs near South Street. Pedestrian access from the parking lot to Main Street will be via Crafts Avenue or the stairs behind City Hall for the duration of the project.
  • Construction vehicles will be accessing the site through the parking lot. Motorists and pedestrians are advised to be aware of construction activity and use caution when parking and walking in the lot. 
Glendale Road Landfill - Solar PV
  • Ameresco will continue with the solar PV installation on the landfill. The project is anticipated to be completed by early January. For the duration of the project, there will be an increase in truck traffic on Glendale Road for material and construction equipment delivery to the site.
Contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you need more information.