Some key local roadway projects are planned for the next two weeks as the Bedford Department of Public Works strives for completion before school resumes.
According to DPW Director David Manugian, the most significant location will be South Road between Railroad Avenue to just beyond Hartwell Road for resumption of asphalt grinding and paving.
“For multiple days over the next two weeks, this section of South Road will be closed to through traffic,” Manugian said. “Public Works is working with the Police Department to provide appropriate detours and signage. These detours will temporarily increase travel time around town.”
He also reported, “We are installing a new rectangular rapid-flashing beacon crosswalk on North Road between Willson Park and Carlisle Road,” Manugian said. This mid-block crosswalk in front of Bedford Farms was first proposed several years ago by a Girl Scout troop.
The South Road paving completes the road work started last fall, Manugian said. The street will be open to emergency vehicles and local traffic, and residents in the area should expect temporary delays, he said.
More notice will be presented on the town website, as well as electronic message boards, social media, letters to direct abutters, and “code red” automated telephone messages.
“We will also be notifying Hanscom as it impacts their commuter traffic,” the director added.
Also, work is proceeding around the reconfigured intersection of North and Chelmsford roads, and “the new traffic signal is expected to be operational this fall,” Manugian said. He predicted, “The entire project will be completed this year.”
He added that the application of fog seal will continue on the surface of various streets.
“We encourage residents to sign up for notifications from the town’s web page in order to receive periodic updates,” Manugian said.