City of Fitchburg

The roads look far from ready for construction work given the recent weather, but City of Fitchburg staff are planning for the year’s upcoming road resurfacing and park improvements already.

Staff held a meeting Thursday, Jan. 31, to share plans with the public and explain the goals of the projects.

One of the most significant road projects is adding four-foot shoulders on a section of Whalen Road to complete a project that began in 2018, which will require about a four-week detour, according to the Jan. 31 presentation slides. Other road projects include Ryeland Street, Pennwall and Placid streets and some in the Wildwood South neighborhood, none of which have been surfaced since 1991 at the latest.

Crews will also build new 10-foot paths at McGaw Park around the southwest ball diamond and at Techlands Park to connect the path constructed in 2015 to Nobel Drive.

Other park improvements planned include repaving the Seminole Highway Path from Executive Drive to the existing east-west path to the south and the Persimmons Drive path to fix drainage issues, according to the presentation. The basketball courts at Country Vineyard and Wildwood South parks will also be repaved and lengthened to 50 feet by 45 feet.

The work on the urban streets will remove and replace defective curb and gutter, pulverize and remove enough asphalt to create the necessary slop, adjust boxes and manhole frames and fix any defective storm sewer or utility components. Roads will remain open to traffic during construction, though if a concrete driveway is being repaired, it might be up to one week before anyone can drive on the new concrete, according to the presentation.

Bids are expected to open on March 6, with assessment hearings for affected residents on March 18 or April 1. Construction is planned to begin mid-May or mid-June and go through mid-August or mid-September.

Residents can sign up for Notify Me notices on the city’s website to keep informed, and will also receive a door hanger about two weeks prior to construction.

Those who will have curb replaced should receive a letter for the assessment hearing in March.

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