Union Avenue Utility Improvements
The Union Avenue Utilities Improvement Project - Contract 1 work was completed in May of 2018, which included utility and roadway improvements between Main Street and Walnut Street.
The Contract 2 portion of the Union Avenue Utilities Improvement Project commenced in May 2018. Construction for Contract 2 will be conducted in phases and is set to take place over two construction seasons, 2018 and 2019.
Affected roadways will include Union Avenue between the Christopher T Garrahan Memorial Bridge over the Sudbury River and Beech Street, Lincoln Street between Union Avenue and Evergreen Street, Evergreen Street, Learned Street, Myrtle Street and Thurber Street.
The existing water mains are 60 to 130 years of age and are near the end of their useful life. Replacement is needed to ensure adequate fire protection and domestic supply. The sewer pipes are also 50 to 100 years old, undersized, susceptible to high infiltration rates and frequently experience blockages. Contract 2 work will include the removal of pavement and concrete road base, replacement of sewer and water pipes and services, and improvements to drainage and stormwater treatment systems.
Information regarding traffic detours will be updated as the project progresses. Access to all properties along the affected routes will be maintained via detour routes.
Work on Union Avenue is complete for this season. Crews will resume utility work in the spring of 2019.
Northbound travel (heading toward Route 9) will be permitted through the work zone (between DeLoss Street and Walnut Street). Southbound traffic between Linden Street and DeLoss Street is NOT permitted; traffic will be detoured to Franklin Street (southbound) to Henry Street to reconnect with Union Avenue. All trucks and over-sized vehicles heading southbound must use Franklin Street. Two-way local traffic traveling between Main Street and Linden Street will be maintained.
Additionally, work will take place in the area of the MetroWest Medical Center on Lincoln, Thurber, Myrtle, Learned and Evergreen Streets. Please take notice of posted parking restrictions.
The City requests that motorists do not cut through residential side streets or parking lots to circumvent the detour; that type of activity can create traffic issues and unsafe situations for pedestrians.
A neighborhood meeting was held on March 26, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Framingham Public Library, Costin Room, 49 Lexington Street.
City staff and consultants presented plans for the remaining section of roadway to be paved on Union Avenue between the Sudbury River Bridge and Walnut Street, as part of Contract I of the Union Avenue Utilities Improvements Project. Additionally, City staff and consultants presented the planned utility improvements, traffic detour, and other aspects of the Union Avenue Utility Improvements Project, Contact II.