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Strong, Triangle up next for repaving

Triangle and Strong streets will be the major roads resurfaced this year in the Department of Public Works’ proposed paving plan.

Assistant DPW Superintendent Amy Rusiecki told the Select Board Monday that the decision was made, with input from the Public Works Committee, to use the $1 million bond approved by fall Town Meeting to improve Triangle and Strong streets, which will also include sidewalk work on both roads.

On Strong, the paving will run the entire length from East Pleasant Street to North East Street, while the work on Triangle will go from Main Street to North Pleasant Street.

Lincoln Avenue will get a base coat of pavement this year after sewer work that began last year is completed, with a top pavement coat expected in 2014, Rusiecki said. The cost for this road work is estimated at $242,463.

Just a small section of West Street will also be resurfaced at a cost of $393,624. The 580 feet of improvements will be near the Red Barn, where the road will be lowered to improve sight lines and water work will also be done, Rusiecki said.

Public Works will also be assisting in site preparation work for renovated tennis courts at the middle school, at a cost of $224,07, and intends to get a full top course of pavement on Cottage Street. Cost estimates are not yet available, Rusiecki said, because the DPW has not yet determined how much of Cottage will be done.

An estimated $16 million backlog remains.

Outside of the paving work, the department’s crews will renovate water mains on Hillcrest Place, Old Town Road and Moorland Street, as well as continue improvements to the Centennial Water Treatment Plant in Pelham.

Rusiecki said the DPW will try to get a base coat of pavement down on each of these streets after they are torn up to do the work.

Water and sewer replacement is expected on Pine Street and Harkness Road, with sewer extensions being done on Larkspur and Wildflower drives, Ladyslipper Circle, Teaberry Lane and Woodlot Road.

Rusiecki said the department has decided that Pine Street couldn’t wait any longer for these improvements after MassWorks grant requests from the state were rejected.

The work on Triangle and Strong streets comes after a recommendation by the Public Works Committee, which had earlier voted to spend money on a set of smaller, lower-traffic volume streets, but changed its recommendation.

This committee is also recommending installation of speed humps and speed tables on Dana Street and Blue Hills following petitions received by residents on both streets. The idea is that both must be done at the same time or else traffic-calming devices on one would push traffic onto the other.

But the DPW is only seeking speed humps for Dana Street because Blue Hills doesn’t yet have a good enough base on which to put these devices.

Rhys Davies of Blue Hills Road said he is concerned if these are not done on both that it will add to speeding vehicles on his road. “The issue we have at the moment is Blue Hills Road is a deceptively quiet street,” Davies said.

Residents there strategize to park vehicles on the street to slow down those looking to use Blue Hills as a shortcut.

Musante said he would support holding off any speed humps on Dana until Blue Hills is also ready.

A letter from John Willoughby of Dana Street indicated the petitions were deliberately submitted in parallel: “In the event that there are insufficient funds to add humps to both streets in the same year, we suggest that both streets be fitted with half the complement of humps each year as a compromise,” Willough­by wrote.

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