Canal Street Roadway Improvement Project

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All Canal Street businesses are open during the roadway improvement project! Please support your local businesses.

Temporary Closure for Part of Canal Street Starts May 30

Phase 1 (Ocean Avenue to Hersey Street) for seven weeks; Phase 2 (Hersey Street to Forest Avenue) for five weeks

As part of the on-going Canal Street Roadway Improvement Project, MassDOT and the project contractors will be closing a roughly 600-foot length of Canal Street to through traffic for a total time period of twelve weeks.

From approximately May 30 through July 18 no through traffic will be possible from Ocean Avenue to Hersey Street. During that time, detours will be posted allowing through traffic to travel through the corridor via Laurel Street, Hazel Street, Ocean Avenue, Linden Street, and Forest Avenue. Hersey Street will be temporarily made a two-way street to allow vehicles to access Canal Street businesses from the Linden Street detour.

From approximately July 18 through August 22 no through traffic will be possible from Hersey Street to Forest Avenue. During that time, detours will be posted allowing through traffic to travel through the corridor via Broadway and Ocean Avenue.

In anticipation of the detour traffic the City is carrying out some leveling and paving of the detour streets in the neighborhood adjacent to Canal Street.

All Canal Street businesses will be open for business during this time period, with the exception of McDonalds, which will temporarily close to carry out a large renovation project. Please help support our Canal Street businesses during this important roadway improvement project.

While the rest of the Canal Street Roadway Improvement Project can be accomplished while allowing through traffic to continue, the state of deterioration under the roadway in this one 600-foot stretch is substantial. To reconstruct the roadway in a manner that will provide the most long-lasting improvement, the contractor will be excavating to 30-inches below the road surface, more than twice the standard excavation depth. The roadway will be filled with a light concrete fill, instead of conventional fill, and a stabilizing high-strength geo-tech fabric will then be installed over the top of the fill from curb to curb. A final paving layer will then go over the geo-tech fabric.

The deterioration of this portion of the roadway has occurred as peat and loose soils under the pavement have consolidated and sunk over time, while underground utilities such as storm drains and conduits have kept the road surface elevated in places. The resulting roadway surface is highly uneven and not safe. The more substantial improvement possible through this temporary closure of this portion of the street will help eliminate this problem on a more long-term basis than conventional engineering methods.

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Weekly Project Update: May 22, 2017

Retaining-wall excavation and removal continues this week on the shared-use path.

In addition to continued work on the shared-use path, contractors will also focus on pouring the remaining driveway aprons at the Salem Diner, Loring Liquors, 290 Canal Street and 135 Canal Street as well as completing sidewalk construction from 135 Canal Street to St. Paul Street.

After Memorial Day, the Canal Street Roadway Project will begin to transition back to road reconstruction, focused on a 600-foot section of roadway between Ocean Avenue and Forest Avenue. As you may have noticed — more than another other section — this stretch of Canal Street is in need of repair.

In order to address this most problematic part of Canal Street, MassDOT will be temporarily closing roughly 600 feet of the street between these two intersections. This partial closure will start on May 30th and should last until around August 22nd.

The closure has been organized into two phases. Starting on May 30th, Canal Street from Ocean Avenue to Hersey Street will be closed to through traffic. While this work is ongoing a detour route will be established via Laurel Street, Hazel Street, Ocean Avenue, Linden Street and Forest Avenue.

During the second closure phase, Canal Street from Hersey Street to Forest Avenue will be temporarily closure to through traffic. During the time of this closure a detour route will be established from Broadway to Ocean Avenue.

We appreciate your patience as this work gets underway. This section of Canal Street is unlike much of the rest of the roadway due to its unique underground conditions. The main causes of the current road condition on this section of Canal Street are two-fold. Under the road surface, peat and loose soils have settled over time, while underground infrastructure has remained in place. That’s why the centerline on this area of Canal Street is elevated and each lane slopes toward their sidewalks.

While the rest of the Canal Street Roadway Improvement Project can be accomplished while allowing through traffic to continue, the state of deterioration under the road in this one stretch is substantial. In order to achieve long-lasting improved results, the contractor will need to excavate to 30” below the road surface, more than twice the standard excavation depth. Due to the depth of the excavation, the contractors won’t be able to restore the work zone to a drivable condition at the end of each day, as it has been in previous work zones.

Because of its unique underground conditions, this section of Canal Street will be reinforced using high-strength geo-tech fabric and a light concrete fill, before a final layer of pavement is applied. This more substantial improvement possible through this temporary closure of this portion of the street will help eliminate underground settling on a more long-term basis than conventional engineering methods.

We look forward to enjoying the results of this road improvement project, as it will have wide-ranging community benefits. Because Canal Street is being reconstructed under MassDOT’s Complete Street program, design considerations have included features that will benefit not only regular vehicular traffic, but pedestrian and bicycle traffic as well. This includes a commitment to full compliance with state and federal accessibility standards for people with disabilities. Beyond improved safety features that we will all benefit from, the aesthetic enhancements on the street will include, a new more uniform roadway surface, new sidewalks, crosswalks, well-defined curb cuts, upgraded traffic lighting, street markings, additional shade tree plantings, reconfigured intersection at both end, as well as improved water drainage.

As a reminder, Canal Street businesses will remain open during construction. Please continue to patronize these local businesses by allotting a few extra minutes of travel time and using the posted detour routes.

Below, please find a calendar of anticipated construction activities for the next two weeks of this project:

Week of May 22nd

  • Continue excavating and exposing existing retaining wall along shared use path
  • Continue removing existing retaining wall in shared-use path
  • Continue pouring concrete driveways (at Salem Diner on Loring Avenue, Loring Liquors, 290 Canal Street and 135 Canal Street)
  • Pour concrete sidewalks from 135 Canal Street to St. Paul Street
  • Installing temporary detour signage for Canal Street (detour begins 5/30/17)

Week of May 29th (No work Monday – Memorial Day)

  • Canal Street closed to through traffic between Ocean Avenue and Hersey Street (5/30 to 7/18)
    • Detour route: Laurel Street to Hazel Street to Ocean Avenue to Linden Street to Forest Avenue
  • Continue excavating existing retaining wall along shared use path
  • Continue to removing existing retaining wall in shared-use path
  • Begin excavating for light-weight concrete from Hersey Avenue to Ocean Avenue
Project Summary

This two-year, $12 million project includes leveling and resurfacing the road, new sidewalks, crossings, street trees, and lighting, as well as reconfiguration of the intersections with Mill Street and with Jefferson and Loring Avenue. It also includes an extension of the off-street Bike Path. The project will provide e a new gateway to the City of Salem while improving safety for vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles. It will also provide streetscape improvements including new trees lining the street, stamped colored pedestrian crossings, and curb extensions at crosswalks. This phase will better define access locations and curb cuts, improve pavement, signage and pavement markings as well as adding wheelchair ramps and sidewalks following ADA standards.

 

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Full project plans

Pre-Construction Public Meeting Agenda with Construction Details

Pre-Construction Public Meeting Presentation

 

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