Signals await street markings as as night work resumes Sept. 14

Cardboard blocks this crosswalk signal facing the corner of Thorndike St. where there is currently no marked crosswalk.

Cardboard blocks this crosswalk signal facing the corner of Thorndike St. where there is currently no marked crosswalk.

The surface of Mass. Ave. will be dangerously hot at times this week as crews start to install a new road.

Meanwhile some of the new traffic signals remain disabled, awaiting new lane and crosswalk markings.

A special notice from the construction team (undated, but recent) warns,

The materials that will be applied to Massachusetts Avenue on Monday and Tuesday nights will be hot on application and cannot be traversed by standard passenger vehicles without significant damage.

Hot regions will be demarcated by traffic barrels, cones, and other means. Circumventing these barriers, a September 13 construction bulletin from the Town cautions, “will damage your vehicle whether it be auto, bicycle, or feet.”

The bulletin also notes that traffic may be directed the wrong way down one-way side streets at times during night work, “but only under the direction of the Arlington Police.”

The Teel Street pedestrian signal is disabled until its crosswalk is painted. The crossing there is being relocated from the east side of the intersection.

The Teel St. pedestrian signal is disabled until its crosswalk is painted. The crossing there is being relocated from the east side of the intersection.

Night work will last from 8 pm to 6 am starting the evening of Monday September 14. That’s a change from the August 27 bulletin, which said construction would start the evening of the 13th and end at 5 am.

The work is a sequel to the nighttime deconstruction of Mass. Ave. the week of August 30. It will lay down 2 of the 4 layers of pavement required to complete the street and will be drivable (with caution) during the day.

Meanwhile new replacement traffic signals are installed project wide, but not yet fully functional. For pedestrians signals includes a countdown clock and audible signals at the signal button. (And, a steam-punk aesthetic.)

Some of these signals, such Linwood Street, are operating today. Others, such as Bates Road, are only partially functioning, and still others, such as the Teel-Thorndike crosswalk signal, are completely disabled.

These and other signals are awaiting the lane and crosswalk markings to which they will align. The construction schedule suggests all of the pieces could be in place by early October.

Once the new signals are operating, the contractor will be able to remove the old signals and complete the last of the sidewalk work.

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3 comments so far

  1. bobsprague1943 on

    I reported a previous update that said night work was to start Sunday, Sept. 13. Has that schedule been moved back a day?

    • Adam Auster on

      Bob, apparently! As I note above.

      Like you, I reported the September 13 date earlier, based on an August 27 email from the Town.

      Can’t seem to find that on the Town web site, but it’s still in my “in” box.


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