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Work Begins on Downtown Holyoke Streets and Bridges
HOLYOKE - Over the past few weeks, drivers may have noticed construction workers on several streets in downtown Holyoke. Gagliarducci Construction has begun preliminary construction activities as part of a $3.6 million MassDOT and City of Holyoke project. The project includes upgraded utilities and the reconstruction of Dwight Street, from Maple to the First Level Canal, as well as Front Street, and Heritage Street. This project is supported by a $1.6 million grant from the Commonwealth’s MassWorks program and is expected to take 18 months to complete, including upgrades to sidewalks and landscaping along the streets.
Construction activity will increase this week when Holyoke Gas & Electric begins work on the replacement of an antiquated main under Dwight Street from High Street to the Children’s Museum. Their work is expected to take 2 to 3 weeks to complete and traffic along portions of Dwight Street will be restricted to one lane of alternating traffic at times. Gagliarducci will continue their preliminary activities throughout the project area while HG&E is completing their work so there may be other short-term impacts during this period. The City will provide project updates on a weekly basis to help residents and visitors to the City plan their trips to downtown.
A second and much-needed project in downtown Holyoke will also be starting soon. New England Infrastructure (NEI) will begin work on the replacement of the Lyman Street Bridge over the First Level Canal and improvements to Lyman Street from Front to Main Street. This $6.6 million project is expected to take about 2-1/2 years to complete and will involve the shutdown of Lyman Street to through traffic in late fall of 2019 through the fall of 2021. During this period, through traffic heading towards Main Street will be detoured on to Maple Street, and traffic from Main Street to Lyman will be detoured on to Race Street. Lyman Street will remain open to local traffic at both ends and a temporary bridge will allow pedestrians to continue to cross the canal.
A temporary shutdown of the Lyman Street bridge may be scheduled in the next couple of weeks to allow contractors to complete work on the utilities that cross the bridge to prepare for the longer shut-down in the fall. The City will also provide project updates on this MassDOT project when available.
Although there may be some traffic delays during the workday, downtown Holyoke remains fully open for business while these projects are ongoing. The Rotary’s Wednesday night Concert series kicked off last week and will continue through August 14th and Celebrate Holyoke will be held as scheduled at Heritage State Park beginning the evening of Friday, August 23rd through Sunday, August 25th.