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Framingham Construction & Traffic Alerts (week of Nov. 9th-16th, 2019)

Filed under: General Interest by News Staff at 4:56 pm on November 9, 2019
Framingham Traffic Alerts, Detours, Delays, sign: Be Prepared to Stop

Plan ahead for delays and be prepared to stop as many Framingham roadway projects are being finished before winter sets in.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Framingham Public Works Department has released the following list of scheduled construction and traffic alerts for the week of November 9th through the 16th, 2019. Please note, construction schedules are weather permitting and are subject to change.

Arlington Street Water Work, ­ Saturday, November 9, 2019, 8 AM ­ 4 PM -- the Water Division will install a new water service at the intersection of Arlington Street and Irving Street. Arlington Street (between Irving Street and South Street) will be closed to through traffic. A detour will be in effect. Please seek an alternate route.

Beacon Street & Summer Street, ­ Sidewalk & Road Improvements --- crews will continue to adjust driveway aprons and address punch-list items. A two-way and/or one-way alternating traffic pattern will be in effect, expect delays at times.

Beaver Street Bridge -- Utility companies will continue re-locating overhead wires on Beaver Street. Two-way and/or one-way alternating traffic pattern will be in effect. Expect minor delays.

Central Street (between Edgell Rd. and Purchase St.), Central Street Water & Sewer Design Project -- a city-hired contractor will continue conducting soil tests and surveying. A two-way and/or one-way alternating traffic pattern will be in effect, expect minor delays.

Garvey Road, Sewer Pump Station ­ Design Project -- a city-hired contractor will begin conducting soil tests and surveying. A two-way and/or one-way alternating traffic pattern will be in effect, expect minor delays.

Harrison Street, Gas Main Relay (Eversource Gas) -- Eversource Gas will continue installing gas main on Harrison Street. Expect minor delays.

Hollis Street (near a portion of Bates Rd. Ext. Thayer St. & Andrews St.), Hollis Street Water Main Project -- a city-hired contractor will continue installing water main. Expect minor interruptions at times.

"Hospital Streets", (­ Learned, Evergreen, Thurber, and Myrtle Streets), ­ Sidewalk & Road Improvements -- crews will continue to excavate, prep, and pour concrete sidewalks. Also, begin raising utility castings in preparation for final paving. A traffic management plan will be in effect. Emergency vehicles will have access at all times. Police details will be on-site to facilitate vehicle and pedestrian traffic, as well as hospital deliveries. Please seek an alternate route.

Jodie Road, Gas Main Relay (Eversource Gas) -- Eversource Gas will continue installing gas main on Jodie Road. A one-way alternating traffic pattern will be in effect. Expect minor delays at times.

Lincoln Street Gas Main Relay (Eversource Gas), Eversource Gas will continue installing gas main on Lincoln Street. A one-way alternating traffic pattern will be in effect. Expect delays at times.

Loker Street Gas Main Relay (Eversource Gas), Eversource Gas will continue installing gas main on Loker Street and Howe Street. A one-way alternating traffic pattern will be in effect. Expect minor delays at times.

Salem End Road,  Bridge Rehabilitation project --- Bridge rehabilitation continues. Expect minor delays.

Street Sweeping ­ Area B --- The Highway Division will street sweep Area B on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. NO PARKING will be allowed from 9 AM to Noon. Vehicles parked on the street will be ticketed and towed. The following streets will be swept during this operation: Avon Street, Bethany Road (#4-56), Bridges Street, Bridges Street Extension, Cedar Street, Charles Street, Claflin Street, Clifford Street, Coburn Street, Cypress Street, Hayes Street, Highland Street, Hilton Street, Mellon Street, Naples Street, Pine Street, Saucier Street, Waverly Court and Winthrop Street.

Union Ave. (Between Beech St. & Proctor St.) Utilities work -- a city-hired contractor will begin preparing the road for paving (between Beech Street and Proctor Street). Expect delays at times. Periodic closures of the following side streets may include: Henry St., Lexington St., Proctor St., Pearl St., Sanger St., and William Welch Way. Side street closures may be in effect during working hours, 7 AM ­ 3:30 PM. A detour on Union Ave. will be in effect. Please reference the detour information below.

Union Ave. Detour Information: Starting the week of November 11, 2019, the following detour plan will be in effect 24 hours a day, Monday ­ Friday.

  • Union Ave. Southbound traffic will be detoured down Lincoln Street to Concord Street back onto Union Ave.
  • Northbound travel only on Union between Proctor Street and Lincoln Street.

Worcester Road Eastbound (Route 9 East) -- Water & Sewer Improvements, Night work: Sunday (night) ­ Friday (morning), 9 PM to 5 AM, Crews will continue to install water and sewer main. Construction will occur between 328 to 150 Worcester Road. The right lane on Rt. 9 East will be closed to traffic during working hours. Please use caution if you are traveling through the area.

Worcester Road, near I-90, 9/90 Water Improvements ­ Design Project, Night work: Tuesday, 11/12/19 (night) ­ Wednesday, 11/13/19 (morning), 9 PM to 5 AM, If necessary, Wednesday, 11/13/19(night) ­ Thursday, 11/14/19 (morning), 9 PM to 5 AM, A city-hired contractor will conduct soil tests on Tuesday night for the design of an upcoming water project. This work will take place between 1800 to 1626 Worcester Road (near the I-90 turnpike ramps). The right lane on Rt. 9 East will be closed to traffic during working hours. Please use caution if you are traveling through the area.

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Framingham 2019 Open Burning Season (Jan 15 - May 1)

Filed under: General Interest by News Staff at 5:04 pm on January 15, 2019
outdoor / open burning in FraminghamFRAMINGHAM, MA - The City of Framingham announced today that Massachusetts burn season opens January 15 and runs through May 1. Residents may obtain an Open Outdoor Burning Permit by phone or online.
To obtain a permit by phone, call the Framingham Fire Department permit line at (508) 532-5942, between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on each day during which the burn will occur. Those wanting to obtain a permit should leave their name, address and telephone number. The contact information left on the message will serve as the permit.
To obtain a permit online, complete the OpenBurning Form (on website) each day during which the burn will occur and print it for record keeping. Please note that permits will not be issued after 1:00 p.m.
In accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. Chapter 48, Section 13 and the provisions of 310 CMR 7.07, permission will be granted to set a fire for the purpose of disposing of brush, cane, driftwood and forestry debris on a parcel of land situated at your location.
The following is PROHIBITED:
  • Burning of brush, trees, cane and driftwood from commercial or industrial land clearing operations
  • Burning of leaves or trash
  • Burning of demolition or construction materials
All open burning must be conducted:
  • On land closest to the source of the materials to be burned ;
  • At a location greater than 75 feet from any dwelling;
  • During periods of good atmospheric ventilation;
  • Without causing a nuisance.
Additional requirements:
  • All fires must be completely extinguished by 4:00 p.m.
  • Someone must be with the fire until it is fully extinguished.
  • The person conducting the burn must have the capability of controlling the fire (i.e. shovels/rakes and pressurized water hose/can).
As always, please remember to respect your surroundings and stay safe.
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Framingham Road Work / Traffic Alerts (Oct. 21-27, 2018)

Filed under: General Interest by News Staff at 10:48 pm on October 19, 2018
Framingham Traffic Alerts, Detours, Delays, sign: Be Prepared to Stop

Plan ahead for delays and be prepared to stop as many Framingham roadway projects are being finished before winter sets in.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The City of Framingham has released the following traffic alerts for the week of October 21st-27th, 2018, (note: construction schedules are weather permitting and are subject to change).

Concord Street: Expect significant traffic delays as crews perform utility and roadway improvements during the day and night hours in areas along Concord Street between Cochituate Road (Rt. 30) and School Street. Day work will take place between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Night work will take place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

Crestwood Drive: Expect minor delays as crews pave the roadway between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Dinsmore Avenue: will be closed as crews make utility improvements. Work will take place between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Edgell Road, Grove Street, Belknap Road, Vernon Street: Beginning on Monday, October 22, expect significant delays as a temporary detour will be in place for southbound traffic on a portion of Edgell Road between 8:30 a.m-4:30 p.m as crews perform utility improvements. Southbound traffic will be detoured from Edgell Road onto Belknap Road to Grove Street, and reconnect to Edgell Road via Vernon Street. Northbound traffic will be permitted.  Due to road restrictions, oversized vehicles and trucks should observe the posted limitations and follow the truck detour route on Belknap Road to Mill Street, continue onto Pleasant Street and reconnect to Edgell Road via Vernon Street. Police detail officers will be stationed within the work zone and at critical intersections within the detour to assist motorists; school buses will be given priority to ensure safe and timely travel for students.

Fountain Street: Expect moderate delays as crews perform roadway improvements overnight between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. A detour will be in place for this work.

Indian Head Heights: Expect minor delays as crews continue utility work on Indian Head Heights between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Lanewood Avenue: Roadway closure between Briarwood Road and Waveney Road until November as crews perform utility improvements under the aqueduct. Traffic will detour onto Angelica Drive and Waveney Way to access Waveney Road.

Little Farms Road, Shawmut Terrace: Expect minor delays as crews perform utility improvements between 7:00 a.m-3:00 p.m.

Main Street: Expect moderate delays as a one lane alternating traffic pattern is in place between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Nixon Road: Expect moderate delays this week as crews pave the roadway from Edmands Road to Parmenter Road and Parmenter Road to the Marlborough town line between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Old Conn. Path: Expect moderate delays this week as crews pave the roadway from School Street to the Wayland town line between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Speen Street: Expect minor traffic impacts as crews complete punchlist items on Speen Street between Old Conn. Path and Cochituate Road between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Union Avenue: Northbound travel (heading toward Route 9) will be permitted through the work zone (between Melrose Street and Walnut Street). Southbound traffic between Walnut Street and Melrose Street is NOT permitted; traffic will be detoured to Franklin Street (southbound) to Melrose Street to reconnect with Union Avenue. All trucks and over-sized vehicles heading southbound must use Franklin Street. Two-way local traffic traveling between Main Street and Walnut Street will be maintained.  A new detour pattern is expected to be implemented Friday 10/26. Northbound travel (heading toward Route 9) will be permitted through the work zone (between DeLoss Street and Walnut Street). Southbound traffic between Linden Street and DeLoss Street is NOT permitted; traffic will be detoured to Franklin Street (southbound) to Henry Street to reconnect with Union Avenue. All trucks and over-sized vehicles heading southbound must use Franklin Street. Two-way local traffic traveling between Main Street and Linden Street will be maintained.

MetroWest Medical Center on Lincoln, Thurber, Myrtle, Learned and Evergreen Streets:  work will take place in the area. Please take notice of posted parking restrictions. Overnight work will be conducted on Sunday 10/21- Monday 10/22 at the intersection of Lincoln Street and Evergreen Street. Lincoln Street will not be accessible from Union Avenue during the overnight work, please use Beech Street to access Lincoln Street.

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Framingham Roadwork and Construction (Oct. 7-13, 2018)

Filed under: General Interest by News Staff at 3:06 pm on October 5, 2018
Framingham Traffic / Detour Signs

Drivers are alerted to Be Prepared To Stop, (and wait), as construction continues in Framingham.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Commuters should be aware that there may be traffic delays due to road construction and other work being done in the the City of Framingham during the week of October 7th through 13th, 2018.

Below is a list of scheduled road work:

Concord Street: Expect minor traffic delays as crews perform utility improvements in areas along Cherry Street to School Street and A Street south of Bonito Drive between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Cottage Street: Expect moderate delays as crews perform utility improvements between School Street and Danforth Street between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Flanagan Drive: Expect minor delays as crews perform utility improvements along the sidewalk between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Fountain Street: Expect minor delays as crews perform roadway improvements overnight between 7:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. A detour will be in place for this work.

Indian Head Heights: Expect minor delays as crews continue utility work on Indian Head Heights between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Lanewood Avenue: Roadway closure between Briarwood Road and Waveney Road until November as crews perform utility improvements under the aqueduct. Traffic will detour onto Angelica Drive and Waveney Way to access Waveney Road.

Little Farms Road: Expect minor delays as crews perform utility improvements between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Nixon Road: Expect moderate delays on Tuesday, October 9 and Wednesday, October 10 as crews complete punchlist items on the roadway from Edmands Road to Parmenter Road and Parmenter Road to the Marlborough town line between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Old Connecticut Path: Expect moderate delays on Friday, October 12 as crews complete punchlist items from School Street to the Wayland town line between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Dinsmore Avenue: Dinsmore Avenue will be closed as crews make utility improvements. Work will take place between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Speen Street: Expect minor traffic impacts as crews complete punchlist items on Speen Street between Old Conn. Path and Cochituate Road between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Union Avenue: Northbound travel (heading toward Route 9) will be permitted through the work zone (between Melrose Street and Walnut Street). Southbound traffic between Walnut Street and Melrose Street is NOT permitted; traffic will be detoured to Franklin Street (southbound) to Melrose Street to reconnect with Union Avenue. All trucks and over-sized vehicles heading southbound must use Franklin Street. Two-way local traffic traveling between Main Street and Walnut Street will be maintained.

Additionally, work will take place in the area of the MetroWest Medical Center on Lincoln, Thurber, Myrtle, Learned and Evergreen Streets. Please take notice of posted parking restrictions.

The City requests that motorists do not cut through residential side streets or parking lots to circumvent the detour; that type of activity can create traffic issues and unsafe situations for pedestrians.

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Access Framingham-Beat Information Night

Filed under: General Interest by News Staff at 1:00 pm on February 12, 2015
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AF-TV, Public Access Television in Framingham

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Be a part of Framingham's Own News Program! Find out about Framingham's own news show -- "The Framingham Beat".

Access Framingham is looking for a few Framingham residents to be News Anchors, Reporters, or Segment Producers and help tell the stories of our neighborhoods.

On Wednesday, Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 from 7:00pm-8:30pm, Access Framingham will be having a Framingham Beat Information night.  You can see the studio, practice reading a news script, and ask questions about the different roles needed to put together a news program.  No experience is necessary, just a desire to help communicate all the great stories happening around Framingham.  Please call to register at 508-875-5434 or email info@accessfram.tv

Access Framingham is a membership based organization which provides training with video recording and editing equipment as well as access to our cable television channel to show locally recorded programming.

AF-TV’s local production studio is located in the back of the Fuller Middle School, at 31 Flagg Drive, Framingham, MA.

AF-TV can be seen in the Town of Framingham on Comcast Channel 9, RCN Channel 3, and Verizon Channel 43.  For more information about Access Framingham programming, training, and services, you can also visit us online at www.accessfram.tv

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