ADAMS -- With the Park Street reconstruction project about to begin, town officials are working to ensure businesses that the process goes as smoothly as possible.
During an information session on the project on Tuesday at the Adams Visitor Center, the project's engineer gave an overview of the project and addressed some of the concerns expressed by business owners and residents.
David Loring, of Tighe & Bond, emphasized that construction would happen in stages. Even laying down cement for new sidewalks will be done piecemeal, he said, and on-street parking will be maintained as much as possible.
For the majority of the project's duration, Loring said, the project should be open to two-lane traffic. Town officials, however, reiterated that some disruption to normal Park Street business is inevitable.
The three-month, $875,000 project, which will include a repaving of Park Street, remodeling of sidewalks and crosswalks, and other aesthetic improvements, is set to begin sometime next week. After construction, Park Street will also include a five-foot bike lane on each side.
"It's really intended to dress up the downtown," Loring said.
The town initially requested bids on the project on April 10, but responses were far greater than the estimated $700,000. After a second round of bidding on June 10, the project was awarded to Pittsfield-based J.H. Maxymillian for more than $800,000.
Business owners have said they are concerned with the potential impact of the project, but they understand the need to make improvements that could help their bottom line in the long-term.
Town officials agreed to keep business abreast of construction developments before they happen, and post updates to the town website.
The construction will close down different parts of Park Street at times, with the most intense work coming early in the project, Town Administrator Jonathan Butler said.
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