Mass. Ave. work begins

This surveyor was working by Maria's Pizza in East Arlington on May 15.

This surveyor was working by Maria’s Pizza in East Arlington on May 15.

Orange survey marks blossomed on Mass. Ave. in East Arlington last week as Mass DOT laid plans for a pre-construction public information event.

According to Carol Kowalski, Arlington’s director of planning and community development, there will be at least one meeting in June to brief the public on construction plans before the backhoes roll.

She said the state recently hired a community-relations consultant to coordinate meetings and other information projects before and during construction.

The Town has already established an email list for those interested in being notified of construction-related developments, and the Mass. Ave. project appears as an agenda item for this Monday’s Selectmen’s meeting.

"Lynch" is marked a good ways back from Mass. Ave. on Teel St.

“Lynch” is marked 3 houses in from Mass. Ave. on Teel St.; Mass. Ave in background.

Kowalski confirmed that J.H. Lynch, the project’s low bidder, has won the contract to rebuild Mass. Ave.

The word “Lynch” was previously spray painted on cross streets in the 1-mile project area about 100 feet from Mass. Ave.

Surveyors have been working the road all week in teams of 2. I spotted them Thursday on Thorndike St. (shown) and Friday at Duncan Donuts (by Palmer St.).

Construction is scheduled to last into 2015. And to start? “Soon,” Kowalski said.

"TBM/EL=23.26" denotes a temporary benchmark with an elevation of about 23 feet 3 inches. Now playing on the north side of Mass. Ave across from JN Phillips Autoglass.

“TBM/EL=23.26′” denotes a temporary benchmark with an existing level of about 23 feet 3 inches. Now playing on the north side of Mass. Ave. across from JN Phillips Auto Glass.

The bright orange survey marks on streets and sidewalks will guide the backhoes and jackhammers.

By the way, a thousandth of a foot (the “8” in “23.268” is thousandths) is less than 1/83 of an inch.

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4 comments so far

  1. marionleedscarroll on

    OMG – the end of East Arlington.

    • Adam Auster on

      The end of ten thousand potholes, more like.

      But let’s not kid ourselves, it’s going to be a rough time for a lot of the merchants and we should do whatever we can to support them.

  2. Karin Turer on

    I can’t wait – it’s the start of a more livable neighborhood. I look forward to being able to have more guidance as a driver and more safety as a pedestrian. Plus, more sensible road layout will improve life for all road users! (I’m actually primarily a bicyclist, but I think the benefits are most for walkers/drivers)

  3. bobsprague1943 on

    I attended the May 19 selectmen’s meeting and have updated a story about the Mass. Ave. Corridor project at http://www.yourarlington.com/archive/news-archive/382-transit/6604-mass-ave-42414

    Contrary to Maria Romano’s claim on the Arlington List last night, I did not hear the manager report a late June start date. Chapdelaine reported what the state news release said, May 27.


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