Completion of the ongoing realignment of the North Road-Chelmsford Road intersection is now targeted for spring.
Regardless of the delay, Public Works Department Director David Manugian said on Thursday, “We need to have solid pavement for the winter.” The rough stretches along North Road should be overlaid during the second half of November, he said.
The $3.5 million project changes the layout of and adds signalization to the intersection to improve visibility and traffic flow. The project also includes drainage improvements, bicycle lanes, and sidewalks.
Work began in June 2022 and originally completion was planned for late summer 2023, eventually amended to the end of the calendar year. Right away, Manugian related, the project “experienced delays due to utility pole relocations.” Then during the 2023 construction season, “we lost a substantial amount of time due to the sheer quantity of rainy days.”
“Over the next few weeks, work will continue with permanent patching, roadway resurfacing, granite curb installation, and landscaping, until the site is cleaned up and shut down until spring,” Manugian said. “The town and contractor are in agreement that restoring the roadway before the winter is the highest priority. The contractor is J. Tropeano of North Andover.
“We thank people for their patience and encourage them to drive carefully through the work zone until the work is completed,” Manugian said.