The project involves improvements to Union Avenue from Proctor Street to Main Street, with limited work on intersecting local roadways. Specifically, the proposed improvements include full depth pavement reconstruction, sidewalk reconstruction, traffic signal improvements, streetscape improvements, bicycle accommodation, warning and regulatory signing and pavement markings. The existing traffic signal at Mt. Wayte Avenue will be reconstructed and new traffic signals will be constructed at the Union Avenue intersections with Lincoln Street and Walnut Street. Streetscape and ornamental lighting improvements will be constructed from the southerly beginning of the project up to the intersection with Lincoln Street. Minor roadway widening of less than 2 feet is proposed between Proctor Street and Lexington Street in order to provide a sufficient cross section for travel lanes, bike lanes and on-street parking. The City is performing significant utility improvements as part of a separate utility project to be completed prior to the roadway improvements.
This project is currently in the 75% design phase. The Mass. Department of Transportation conducted a public hearing at City Hall in October 2017. The estimated start date for construction is 2021.
The next steps include continuing the design process, and working with a consultant for the later portion of the design phase continuing through the bidding process.