Not all the changes that are building #SalemMA are happening in the streets or even at eye-level. Yesterday afternoon a crew from the City's Electrical Department installed the first LED test fixture in one of the City's streetlights downtown. If you were on Washington Street last night, you might have noticed one of the streetlights looked a little different.
Testing will take place over the next several weeks, with the goal of having the final installations of the selected fixture type in all 3,300+ City-owned streetlights by the end of this summer.
Not only will LED fixtures provide a better quality light, improving public safety, but they are projected to save the City around $3 million in reduced electricity costs over the next 10 years. LED fixtures reduce energy consumption by about 50%. Less energy consumption saves money and helps the City lessen its carbon footprint. In addition, because they last longer than conventional fixtures, the City anticipates a two-thirds reduction in streetlight equipment repair and maintenance costs.
Over the last week, we have received some questions related to the gas line work taking place around (and in some cases on) the Salem Cable Project route, and so we wanted to clarify a few points. Unfortunately, due to the historic winter from which we're still recovering, a good deal of National Grid Gas's gas line work in Salem has been delayed. Most of the overlapping work between the Salem Cable Project and National Grid Gas construction areas is located around Hawthorne Boulevard and Derby Street. You can expect to see National Grid Gas's work continuing in the the vicinity for six to eight weeks. We are happy to continue addressing any questions that you might have on this issue and, as always, we'll continue to share new information as it become available. ...
Last week Salem Cable Project contractors completed manhole "test pits" on Washington Square South and on Hawthorne Boulevard. With this step complete, this week contractors will begin excavation for the Washington Square South manhole installation. Once this work is complete, they will begin the same process for the manhole installation on Hawthorne Boulevard.
Looking further down the road—after the Washington Square South and Hawthorne Boulevard manholes are in place—Salem Cable Project contractors are tentatively scheduled will begin duct-bank installation starting just north of the South River Bridge on Congress Street and continuing across Derby Street to connect with the manholes on Hawthorne Boulevard and on Washington Square South.
Viking Hall The building is enclosed with the exception of the glass installation which is ongoing. Interior framing, build out and finishes has begun and will be completed from the top floor down. This work is expected to continue through the winter months.
The contractor will begin site work on March 30 that will require a temporary change to the traffic flow into Central Campus. The Salem Diner egress will become an exit only during this work which is anticipated to last 2 months. The other entrance on Loring Avenue near the Enterprise Center Main entrance will remain open as usual.
Peabody Hall Lot Parking Garage The construction of the new parking garage on North Campus will begin on April 6. Parking in the Peabody Hall lot will remain available until Friday, April 3. Parking at Shetland Park will not begin until April 6.
FST, the city’s traffic consultant, presented their peer review of the university’s traffic study at the March 18 meeting of the SSUNAC. The link to this presentation can be viewed on the construction blog (campusconstruction.salemstate.edu/).
Sophia Gordon Center for the Creative and Performing Arts Mobilization of the site is complete. Contractor trailers have been installed in the laydown area on the former library lot. Removal of the front and side stairs has been delayed due to snow. Interior abatement and demolition is ongoing. The exterior demolition of the front stairs is expected to begin the week of April 8. This work is anticipated to take 2 weeks.
The link to the presentation about exterior signage for the new Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts given by Leers Weinzapfel Associates at the February 18 meeting can be viewed on the construction blog at campusconstruction.salemstate.edu/.
Science Building Study Payette, a leading architectural firm, presented initial concepts on siting and massing of the proposed building at the SSUNAC meeting on January 21. The link to this presentation can be viewed on the construction blog (campusconstruction.salemstate.edu/).
Salem State Construction Blog Visit Salem State’s construction blog for more information or to comment on active and planned university construction projects. Click the following link to view the blog campusconstruction.salemstate.edu/.
As always, contact the emergency hotline 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 978.542.6111 to report urgent issues regarding construction. ...
March 18, 2015 SSUNAC Presentations Posted on March 19, 2015 by Tom Torello Reply The following presentations were given at the Salem State University Neighborhood Advisory Committee meeting on March 18. Posted in Canal Street Parking Lot | Leave a reply
COMMUNITY MEETING: BEVERLY DRAWBRIDGE CONSTRUCTION
When: April 1st at 6:00 PM Where: Beverly High School, Auditorium 100 Sohier Rd, Beverly, MA 01915
On Wednesday, April 1st, MassDOT, MBTA and HNTB personnel will join area officials for a community meeting to discuss the rehabilitation and replacement project for the Beverly Drawbridge that carries the Rockport and Newburyport Commuter Rail Line over the Danvers River. Specifically this meeting is to discuss the 21 day train service shutdown needed for the project which is anticipated for April 2017.
The project scope has been split into two contracts. The first contract consists of approach span concrete pile repairs and will not require any train service shutdowns. The second contract requires a 21 day train service shutdown (April 2017) to complete the full replacement of the swing span superstructure which includes new mechanical, electrical components and hydraulic wedge and rail system. ...