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Work on Quincy's Town Brook promises disruptions to traffic

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  January 30, 2013 04:01 PM

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Quincy’s Town Brook relocation project is on schedule to meet its March deadline as construction intensifies both upstream and downstream.

According to Assistant City Solititor Paul Hines, engineers say the smelt will definitely be spawning in the relocated stream come March.

“The contractor we have engaged LMH is confident they will have the downstream connection work done and improved smelt spawning substrates done by the deadline,” Hines said.

As was expected, work outside of the brook – such as the park elements to go around the portions that will be exposed to daylight -- won’t be done by March and will have to wait until after the smelt spawning season to continue.

In the meantime, construction will pick up around the area, with increased road closings as engineers hustle to get the project complete according to the fish’s timeline.

Upstream, from Jan. 30 and Feb. 4, Parkingway will be restricted to one-lane traffic during construction hours, or from 7 a.m. till 3:30 p.m.

Starting Feb. 4, the entire roadway will be closed indefinitely; however, access to businesses along the Parkingway will still be open.

According to an online announcement, signage will be placed in the area to help alert people of changes, and a detail officer will be posted to direct traffic.

Downstream in the area of Mechanic Street and Revere Road will also continue to have lane restrictions.

Though construction disruptions will intensify, Hines said Mechanic Street, which has been closed to traffic for approximately two months, should be reopened to traffic within a week.

“The brook relocation is crossing under Mechanic Street, so they had to shut it off entirely to trench it and construct the new brook,” Hines said. “The physical construction of the book in that area is done. They are waterproofing the exterior of the concrete tomorrow and once that sets they can backfill, repave, and open Mechanic Street in a week’s time.”

Though the brook project’s main construction is slowly coming to a close, Hines warned that traffic disruptions are only just beginning for city residents.

“I think it’s something everyone anticipates,” Hines said. “You do a street in a neighborhood and it’s disruptive to those people, we’re doing the same, some major constructions in the street and around. It will be an ongoing issue.”

Though Quincy has been dealing with traffic disruptions on a case-by-case basis – notifying neighbors and emergency responders of the work, and putting up detour signs to notify the public – Hines said that the permitting process required of Beal/Street-Works would require stricter construction planning.

“Each development in the downtown redevelopment, the developer has to submit beforehand a construction management plan, a construction traffic management plan, and a construction parking plan…parking for [workers], truck routes for supplies…it all has to be submitted before they get permits to do each level of the project,” Hines said.

Although requirements for the downtown redevelopment may be more stringent, Hines said there have been limited complaints. Notably on Mechanic Street, there have been no issues from neighbors.

The only complaints reported to the Globe have come in from Quincy resident Arline Goodman, who has work happening on her property.

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