Union Street work set to begin in July

PETERBOROUGH — Work is expected to begin on the Union Street reconstruction project this summer, Public Works Director Rodney Bartlett said at a June 3 Select Board meeting.

Voters approved a bond for up to $2.635 million at Town Meeting in May 2013 for the project, which will involve repaving the road between Scott Winn Road and the intersection at Main and Elm streets. Sidewalks and drainage will also be improved, and the project calls for traffic calming devices, notably in the area of Adams Playground.

Bartlett told the Select Board he was surprised earlier that day when the town received just one bid to do the construction work on the project. SUR Construction West, a company based in Winchester, submitted a bid of $2,136,589.

“Typically, a project like this would draw some attention,” Bartlett said, noting that several companies had requested information about the project but SUR was the only one to submit a bid.

He said the town will also have to pay for design and administration costs that were not part of the construction bid, but if SUR’s bid was accepted, the town’s overall cost would be about $150,000 less than the amount approved for bonding.

“[SUR] has done a number of projects out this way,” Bartlett told the Select Board. “We’re comfortable with them.”

He recommended that Select Board members accept the bid, which they did.

On Wednesday, Bartlett said the work to be done this summer will include new curbing and sidewalks and a first layer of paving. Workers will also be building an 800-foot-long traffic island that will run the length of Adams Playground and will separate the two lanes of traffic.

“The island will be landscaped and have additional lighting and should serve to slow down traffic,” Bartlett said.

Two raised crosswalks will be built to allow pedestrians to cross from the athletic fields and Recreation Department offices on one side of the road to the pool, tennis courts and recreation areas on the other side.

Three other traffic tables — elevated sections of the road that are not designated as cross walks but are intended to slow traffic — will be built, two of them between the playground and Main Street and one at the intersection with Steele Road.

Bartlett said construction work should start after July 4 and run through November. While construction is going on, he said, electronic signboards will be posted at either end of the area being worked on that will provide information to drivers.

“Visitors will be able to get to Adams throughout the process,” Bartlett said.

Final paving is expected to happen in the spring of 2015.

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