Traffic and Construction schedule for the week of May 21st. Thank you Officer Michael Gamache of the Westfield Police Department’s Traffic Bureau for collecting this information.
Paving starts Tuesday May 22nd!!!!!!!!!!
Lynch Construction is planning on paving the Main Street/Park Square project area this week.
Tuesday (5/22): They will be spot paving in different locations throughout the downtown Main Street and Park Square corridor.
Thursday (5/24): They will be paving Main Street from Elm Street to Taylor Avenue. This will effect access to the side streets in this area for a limited time until the pavement hardens to allow traffic to pass.
Please note that access to Clinton Avenue will be effected as this is a dead-end street. The focus on that portion of the project should be in the early afternoon.
Friday (5/25): They will be paving on Broad Street and Court Street in the Park Square area
All of the above work is scheduled to be done from 7am until 5pm.
Elm Street Corridor:
Goncalves & Sons, Inc from Ludlow will continue working on installing a new major underground water line. The work will be concentrated between Orange Street and Franklin Street this week. In the immediate work area, starting Monday, motorists will see traffic reduced to one lane which will be alternated between north and south bound traffic. There will be no on street parking in the immediate work area on Elm Street between Orange and Franklin Streets.
Monday the will continue to work in the Elm Street area.
Please seek alternate routes in order to avoid major delays in this area during the construction work scheduled to begin at 7:00am and go until around 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.
This project is set to replace a major underground water line on Elm Street, upgrading the traffic control signals, perform sidewalk improvements and repaving the street, all from Church Street to the Great River Bridge.
Goncalves & Sons, Inc., will be adding second crew on the project this week and they will be focusing on the water line installation on Orange Street. Orange Street will be closed during this phase on the project from 7am to 4pm.
Please seek alternative routes with this road closure in mind.
Park Square Area:
The work on the Park itself continues at a good pace and the improvements are starting to be very noticeable as you drive by. Many of the concrete foundation pieces are in place as are many of the new light pieces.
You are also seeing some of the safety bollards being installed around the outside portion of the park to define the walk areas from the roadways as an added safety feature of the project.
Thomas Street Lot:
The Thomas Street public parking lot has been paved and is ready for regular use. The City will be introducing some speed control measures at the request of several citizens who use the area frequently. We will try these new devices and see if they are successful at making the parking area safer. Thank you for your patience during this phase of improving our downtown.
Westfield G&E Work Zones in various sections of the City:
The Gas & Electric will be working on Franklin Street near Summer Street. They will be working in the center of the road on underground utilities.
Please be prepared for some minor delays as you pass through this area and alternative routes should be considered.
Great River Bridge Project:
The contractor is continuing to work on the park areas as well as the new parking lots that will be open for public use soon.
Memorial Day Parade:
With all of the construction along the normal route of the parade an alternative route will be approved by the Police Chief by Wednesday.
We will get the word out to you as soon as it is available.
Please remain alert and follow the directions of the Westfield Police Officers who will be working throughout the work sites.
Please remember to use your directional signals so we all know your intentions and be alert for the police personnel who will be guiding you through the construction zones.
As the spring season is now with us please remember to support our local businesses – they are our neighbors and friends.
Thank you for your patience as we make Westfield a better place to live, work and relax.
We thank Jim Brown, City Councilor – Ward 2 and Officer Gamache for providing this information every week so we can plan accordingly.