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Fix-it Work Starts Near Plaza

August 30, 2018

TYNGSBORO -- Preliminary work has kicked off this week for infrastructure projects that will make the area around Flints Corner Plaza much safer for the public.

The work is possible thanks to a $2.5 million MassWorks grant the town received late last year. The Board of Selectmen last Monday voted 4-0 to award the contract to Aggregate Industries. Selectman Ron Keohane was away on vacation. According to the company’s website, Aggregate Industries is an environmentally responsible producer of high quality aggregate-based construction materials in the United States and United Kingdom.

Town Administrator Matt Hanson said signage is being placed in the area and that the majority of the work will be done by November.

“I think it’s going to benefit both the residents in the area and the businesses in the area. It’s going to be more inviting with all the pedestrian-friendly updates, with the sidewalks and the crosswalks,” Hanson said. “It’s going to be a good draw for pedestrians who want to walk there and shop there.”

In late October 2017, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash announced the awarding of the MassWorks grant to Tyngsboro. Standing yards away from the Flints Corner Plaza at 150 Westford Road, he described it as an “awesome project.”

“I would say that this is a classic economic development project that we look for to support through MassWorks dollars,” Ash said at the time.

According to Hanson, this project is fully funded through the MassWorks grant. Aggregate Industries’ contract is $1,799,851.10. Hanson said some money has been set aside for construction oversight and administration, and some other funds for contingency built in, and $250,000 has been used for design work and to engineer the project.

Some of the expected improvements are: Westford Road will be widened to include bike lanes from Old Stonehill Road to Dunstable Road; the accommodation of a second northbound travel lane from Dunstable Road Intersection to the Route 3 ramps; Dunstable Road westbound will be widened to provide a bypass to vehicles turning right to access Route 3.

The final paving and any remaining items will be completed in the spring, but no later than June, Hanson said this week.

“It should be a good driver for local economic development,” Assistant Town Administrator Justin Sultzbach said. “We’re really excited to get it off the ground.”

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