Summer repaving for Route 2


NORTH ADAMS -- Thanks in part to a late boost in state funding, the city is eyeing a swath of the Route 2 corridor for repaving this summer.

North Adams was granted an additional $66,000 as part of a $40 million emergency funding package approved earlier this month by the state Department of Trans-
portation to help repair winter damage. The extra money could expand areas set to be repaired or repaved near Center, Union and Franklin streets, according to Mayor Richard Alcombright.

The additional money is added to a pool of Chapter 90 funding, which should total $220,000. Accounting for last years’ balance, the city now has roughly $776,000 in Chapter 90 money, which the state stipulates must be used on road repairs this year.

Officials are now trying to understand the scope of work they can complete with the funding available, putting work near the intersection of the Union Street McDonald’s, Center Street parking lot, and the east and westbound lanes of Route 2 in front of the Big Y.

"That whole intersection at McDonald’s, that’s all winter damage," Alcombright said, referring to two large heaves just east of the intersections of Union and Eagle streets.

Repaving could reach as far east as the bridge on Union Street, near Aubuchon Hardware, Alcom-
bright said, while Eagle Street could see repairs reaching Village Pizza.

"[We] hope to have it done by June 30," Alcombright said.

On deck, Alcombright said, are repairs to the near-catastrophic winter damage to Franklin Street. Officials are still unsure, however, of how they’ll tackle the work.

According to Alcombright, the deep potholes on Franklin are a symptom of poor drainage, and they will continue to form until the underlying issues are addressed. However, the city may not have the money to do a full fix this year, and only temporarily fill in the holes until it can tackle the root drainage issues next year, Alcombright said.

In addition to the larger projects, crews also will spend the next several weeks filling in potholes across the city.

A recent rockslide on Beaver Street (Route 8), which has shut down the road completely, could put a significant dent in the city’s roads budget. It remains unclear how much the fixes will cost, but Commissioner of Public Services Timothy Lescarbeau said the state is unlikely to step in -- that section of Route 8 doesn’t technically become a state road for another 200 yards.

"We’re hoping that the money lasts," Lescar-
beau said.

Problem areas that likely won’t be tackled this year include a rough stretch of Notch Road, Lescarbeau said. The city also would like to address an unsteady embankment on Reservoir Road, but probably won’t have the resources.

"I could go on and on," Lescarbeau said.

In addition to the street repairs, the city is also making changes to a number of sidewalks, including on Franklin Street. Crews are currently on Ashland Street, widening the walks to make them compliant with the federal American Disabilities Act.

This will be the third phase of a four-phase project to make the main corridor’s sidewalks ADA-compliant, which is federally mandated.

The final phase -- reworking sidewalks on River and Beaver streets -- is slated to be done in 2015.


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