Lunenburg Leaders Want State DOT to Smooth Out Roads
LUNENBURG -- Town officials are looking to meet with the state Department of Transportation to address uneven road conditions resulting from resurfacing on Route 13.
“We’re literally working out some of the bumps,” said Jack Rodriquenz, director of the town’s Department of Public Works.
He is in the process of setting up a meeting with the MassDOT project manager to smooth out the surfacing on a nearly two-mile span of road between Northfield Road and the Townsend town line.
Residents called in, visited the DPW office, or wrote on social media about the “rideability” of the resurfaced road, Rodriquenz said.
Some described the paving as “bumpy and sort of chatters,” especially when driving southbound, he said.
Since the complaints came in, Rodriquenz has been working with Town Manager Heather Lemieux.
“The DPW director and I will continue to move forward aggressively toward a resolution and ask for your support in finding a remedy,” she told the Board of Selectmen at its Aug. 21 meeting.
The $1.2 million Route 13 resurfacing project was funded by MassDOT’s State Transportation Improvement Plan, which is an effort between the department and state agencies to work on highway and transit projects.
Work began in mid-June and will be fully complete by November, Rodriquenz said.
In addition to road work, the Route 13 project also includes traffic sign updates, guard rail installation, and pavement marking placing, according to MassDOT.
The guard rails and road striping are done, he said, and sign updates and curbing are ongoing.
As the Route 13 work wraps up, the town will continue with other road projects funded through a mix of local and state money.
The reconstruction of Summer Street is expected to take two years, Rodriquenz said.
That project is $10 million also funded through the STIP program and includes road work in Leominster and Fitchburg, according to MassDOT.
The town is also continuing to work on local roads in need of repair through its Pavement Management Program.
Voters approved a $4 million debt exclusion in 2016 to fund road projects.
The town is in its third year of the debt exclusion, Rodriquenz said.
For 2018, 16 local roads and four main ones are expected to be paved in 2018, according to the schedule on the DPW’s website.
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