Updates from the Salem Cable Project:

As previously mentioned, all major on-street work for the Salem Cable Project is complete. Our contractors are currently working to finish some minor restoration and cleaning work around some of our previous work sites.

Next week you can expect to see increased activity inside the Canal Street Substation, as contractors mobilize to begin installing a new ground grid. In early September, fence and retaining wall construction will begin in earnest. Once the new fence and retaining wall are in place, contractors will begin making upgrades to the landscaping along the property lines.

MassDOT has scheduled the last round of public information meetings, one in Lynn and one in #SalemMA, for the Route 107 Corridor Study.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Lynn English High School, Auditorium
50 Goodridge Street, Lynn

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Collins Middle School, Auditorium
29 Highland Avenue (Route 107), Salem

The project team will present the results of the public survey, the projected traffic volumes, the alternatives considered and the recommendations for improvements to the Route 107 Corridor.

The same information will be presented at each meeting, so attendees may choose the most convenient date or location.

Updates from MassDOT about work on the Kernwood Bridge in #SalemMA and Beverly:

On Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 7 AM to 3 PM, the entire wearing surface on the approach spans of the Kernwood Avenue Drawbridge in Beverly/Salem will be overlaid with a 3/8 inch rubber asphalt treatment to provide a better riding surface.

The existing wearing surface on the approach spans is overall in good condition; however, there were a few bare spots. The wearing surface was installed on September 4, 2013, or 3 year ago. The wearing surface is an asphalt-rubber surface treatment with aggregate cover as this is the best option for a wearing surface on timber decking.

However, even under the most ideal conditions, the design life is only 7-10 years. Given the harsh marine environment the Kernwood Bridge is subjected to, the design life is expected to be shorter than 7 years. Given the fact that some of the wearing surface has comes off in the past 3 years, we are planning to overlay the entire wearing surface with a single ½ inch layer of the asphalt-rubber surface treatment. This additional layer will provide extra flexibility to the wearing surface which will help with its longevity and cover over the bare spots. The bare spots were repaired on Saturday, August 20th.

We are also planning to paint shared bicycle lane markings and install associated signs to alert vehicle drivers that a bicyclist can use the road and where the bicyclist will be positioned on the road.

Updates from the #SalemMA Canal Street Roadway Improvement Project:

Week of August 22nd, 2016
 Placing dense grade and prep for paving sta. 10+00 to sta. 17+00
 Strip asphalt from sta. 17+00 to sta. 25+00
 Installation of drainage structures between sta. 17+00 to 25+00
 Begin loading out contaminated stockpile (pending MSR and BOL)

Week of August 29th, 2016
 Continue installation of drainage structures sta. 17+00 to 25+00
 Roadway paving (base and intermediate) sta. 10+00 to 17+00
 Begin loading out contaminated stockpile (pending MSR and BOL)



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