Winter construction break may be brief on Mass. Ave.

With an eye on the weather, the team managing the reconstruction of Mass. Ave. in East Arlington says limited work will continue through December 22 and could resume in January.

Contractor J.H Lynch delving deep by Trinity Baptist Church in East Arlington December 5.

Sidewalk work has ended for the year, but some sewer and utility work continued last week.

According the latest announcement from the Town, the construction team will assess conditions as early as January 5 to determine whether and at what scale and scope work can resume.

An earlier statement from Mass DOT said that “small scale” construction projects could take place during the winter.

The agency promised a second community meeting before full-scale construction work resumes next year. Mass DOT says things will probably pick up again in April.

A clutch of trucks supports excavation at Magnolia Street in East Arlington on December 1.

A clutch of trucks supports excavation at Magnolia Street in East Arlington on December 1.

The new sidewalks are essentially complete on the north side of Mass. Ave. from across from Pond Lane nearly to Grafton St. However, some unfinished patches have been filled temporarily with asphalt for the winter.

“Small scale” work last week seemed concentrated east of Capital Square.

I saw one of the backhoes heading up Mass. Ave. last week with one of the old fire hydrants dangling from its bucket. Unfortunately I was not quick enough to get a clear photo. Those things can move faster than you’d think!

Lafayette St. December 4. Click for larger image and look closely to see ome of the older balck-and-white hydrants hoist by the larger backhoe.

Lafayette St. December 4. Click for larger image and look closely to see one of the older black-and-white hydrants hoist by the larger backhoe.

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