Rough winter takes toll on high traffic area
Costin Paving has begun a $200,000 project to repair South Albion Street from the twn boundary to East Pleasant Street.
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Crews from Costin Paving work on South Albion Street on Tuesday. The town has hired the company to complete asphalt repairs with paving and spreader patching from the town boundary to East Pleasant Street.
MHERST – South Albion Street is going to be a lot busier than normal over the next two to three weeks.
Costin Paving has begun repair work on the street that includes both repaving some sections of the street and spreader patching others.
“It was a very rough winter on the street. Water gets into the cracks and expands and you have damage,” the town’s deputy CAO Jason MacDonald said. “It’s one thing to have three or four freeze-thaw cycles, but when you have 30 to 40 it causes a lot of damage.”
The town has sent notices to businesses along South Albion Street advising them of the work. MacDonald said the contractor hopes to complete the work with the least amount of disruption as possible, but he said some will occur.
“The contractor is going to do everything to minimize traffic disruptions and to get in and out as quickly as possible,” MacDonald said. “We’re fortunate in that some sections of the street have three lanes so there will always be one or two lanes open.”
MacDonald said it has been eight years since the street was last paved. The last project included a complete rebuilding of the street and included the replacement of the storm and sanitary sewers.
This time, it’s just some paving and some patching.
“A street can last five years to 20 years and there are many factors that could impact that including weather conditions and traffic,” MacDonald said. “This time last year there was no indication of a problem with the street, but this wasn’t an ordinary winter and the street took a beating.”
MacDonald said traffic also remains heavy on the street.
The town has budgeted $200,000 for the project.