Two-week look ahead for the Canal Street roadway improvement project in #SalemMA. Most of the road work at this point is located between Rose Street and Forest Avenue. ...

The City of #SalemMA’s Department of Public Services and Engineering Department have recently successfully completed the relocation of ten mature street trees from along Canal Street to Forest River Park in advance of the major roadway project on Canal Street. The trees replace ones in the park that were removed previously due to their failing health or damage. The tree pits on Canal Street will be replanted with new street trees as a component of the $12 million Canal Street roadway improvement project getting underway this month.

“The normal practice would be to simply remove the Canal Street trees altogether before the roadway project begins,” points out Director of Public Services John Tomasz, “However, we saw an opportunity to make use of them in the park, where we had open spaces from previous removals. Replanting a mature tree is challenging, so I really want to give credit to the City crews and workers who took this job on and completed it successfully.”

“Instead of replacing the park’s trees with smaller young trees, having these more established trees in Forest River Park really adds to the park’s ambiance in a positive way,” said Mayor Kim Driscoll. “Families making use of Forest River now can enjoy the benefits of these more fully-grown trees and the aesthetics they provide to the park.”

As work begins on the new 17-space public parking lot on Bridge Street near the Old Salem Jail, five additional trees in the planned work area will be removed and replanted at a public park

Updates from the Salem Cable Project:

We're happy to report that contractors have completed milling on all streets impacted during the installation of the new transmission cable circuits. For the rest of the week, our contractors efforts will be focused on adjusting the remaining utility castings, and manholes along the route.

Starting on Monday, the new asphalt surface will be rolled out. The sequence for this work will follow the same pattern as the milling operation (Hawthorne Boulevard, Washington Square South, Forrester Street, Essex Street, Webb Street, Fort Avenue, Congress Street, Leavitt Street, Fairfield Street, and Cypress Street). We expect to have this work complete by the end of next week. Please note that once the new surface is in place, folks are welcome to park on the street -- we'll work to take down the no parking signs ASAP.



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