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.

Project Update: March 27, 2017

This week you can expect to see contractors working on installing a new curbing on Canal Street between Bertini’s and Jefferson Avenue. As we move into the week of April 3rd, contractors plan pour a new sidewalk along this same section and side of Canal Street. Work in this area is expected to continue for at least the next two weeks. In addition to this work, contractors will begin clearing trees from the traffic island in the intersection of Canal Street and Jefferson Avenue in preparation for the remodeling of the intersection.

On the other end of the project route, contractors will continue their work on the existing MBTA retaining wall, and the shared-use path. As you may have noticed, there is an temporary work zone in place along the southbound lane of Canal Street–between Domino’s and Roslyn Street. We ask that drivers continue to use caution when traveling in the area. Please also be aware of the parking restrictions along the southbound lane of Canal Street between Domino’s and Roslyn Street.

As a reminder, all Canal Street businesses are open during this roadway improvement project. Please support our local businesses!

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

Week of March 27th

  • Begin preparing and setting curb along southbound sidewalk of Canal Street (Bertini’s to Jefferson Avenue)
  • Begin clearing trees from island at the Canal Street-Jefferson Avenue intersection
  • Begin removing existing MBTA retaining wall (Dominos to Roslyn Street)
  • Begin grading shared-use path surface

Week of April 3rd

  • Pouring new sidewalk along southbound of Canal Street (Bertini’s to Jefferson Ave)
  • Continue setting curb along northbound sidewalk of Canal Street (Loring Avenue towards Forest Avenue)
  • Continue removing existing MBTA retaining wall (Domino’s to Roslyn Street)
  • Continue grading shared-use path surface

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.


Project Documents

Full project plans

Pre-Construction Public Meeting Agenda with Construction Details

Pre-Construction Public Meeting Presentation




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