Our largest transportation project, the widening of the Washington Street/Route 85 commercial corridor, is officially underway!
- Project reached the 100% Design stage in August 2011. Final plans, specs & engineering (PS&E) for the 100% Design were submitted for review on 8/22/11.
- ROW plans were submitted on 8/3/11, with comments back to the design engineer on 8/16/11. The Advance Title Exam was completed on 8/11/11.
- An Order of Conditions was issued by the Conservation Commission on 2/3/11.
- Project was advertised on 9/17/11 with a bid opening date of 12/20/11.
- J. Tropeano, Inc. of North Andover was awarded the contract by MassDOT, in the amount of $8,226714.36.
- A Notice to Proceed was issued by MassDOT on 2/21/12. The contractor has submitted his schedule, which has since been approved by MassDOt. PLease see the STAUTS page for updates, schedules & phasing plans.
- Construction began in spring 2012, with the demolition of the Bonazzoli building located at 173 Washington St, and completed in summer 2014.
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Here is a quick summary of the Route85/Washington Street Widening Project:
MassDOT PROJIS # 604812
Estimated cost $8.5 million
Programmed on the FFY2011 Boston MPO TIP
- Project initiated in 1998 by MassHighway study, completed in 2001.
- 1.5 mile stretch of Route 85/Washington Street running from the Hudson/Marlborough town line to the Washington Street Bridge.
- Washington Street Bridge (separate MassDOT project) - a structurally deficient bridge on the Accelerated Bridge List. (Project #604732, cost $6.9 million, Morteza Tayarani, Project Manager)
- Project includes a discontinuance of 0.79 miles of State Highway currently plowed and maintained by MassDOT, to be taken over by the Town upon completion of the project.
- Project entails Reconstruction, resurfacing, widening, geometric intersection improvements, installation of 3 traffic lights & a modern round-a-bout.
- Typical cross section would have:
- 2 twelve foot travel lanes in each direction
- 4 foot bike shoulders
- 5.5 foot ADA compliant sidewalks
- Short turning lanes where needed
The present lack of consistent pedestrian & bike accommodations is extremely dangerous.
"A city needs to show as much respect for a person riding a $30 bicycle
as it does for someone driving a $30,000 car."
- Project contains many interdepartmental components with the following state agencies’ involvement:
- Department of Housing & Community Development – approved Blight Target Area.
- Inter-Agency Permitting Board – 43D Expedited Permitting parcels located directly on or feeding into the corridor.
- MassDevelopment – Brownfields assessment & remediation.
- Mass Economic Assistance Coordinating Council - Framingham - Marlborough Region Economic Target Area.
- Legislative involvement – with a $40,000 Supplemental Budget Appropriation & $6 million Bond Bill Authorization.
- Listed in the Journey to 2030 Boston MPO Transportation Plan.
- Design locally funded - by local developers & businesses relying on roadway improvements.
- Located in a state approved Economic Target Area & corridor was specifically identified as a location suitable for further expansion in the Town's Community Development Plan.
- Local developer has invested nearly $15 million into corridor, adding 30,000 SF of retail & a 3,000 SF bank.
- Wal*Mart is expanding with a 21,000 SF addition & creating 100 new permanent full time jobs.
- Two recent projects along the corridor added 14,500 square feet of national retail space with additional pad-ready site available.
- Directly accessible to I-495/I-290, 100-150 acres of available land and/or underutilized parcels estimated to be on or in proximity to this corridor, have the potential to create a substantial amount of permanent jobs once this corridor is upgraded.
- 78 building permits have been issued to commercial and residential developments within proximity to this stretch of Washington Street since 2001.
- Route 85 is a major North-South route through Hudson connecting Marlborough, Berlin, Bolton, Stow & Maynard. Berlin and Bolton being two towns that have NO commercial or retail centers at all.
- Washington Street is a primary artery feeding Hudson’s other main retail area, Main Street (Route 62.) Commerce and jobs are being lost due congestion choking off the commercial viability of this key part of town.
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