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Traffic Detours for Road, Bridge & Sewer Construction (for the week of July 25th - July 29th, 2011)

Filed under: Around Town by Randy Harris at 11:37 pm on July 23, 2011
Framingham Police Officer Tom McCarthy, traffic detail, (July 19, 2011)

Framingham Police Officer Tom McCarthy controls traffic at the Rt. 30 / Rt. 126 intersection as construction crews work installing sewer mains.

FRAMINGHAM, MA- Roadwork on several major capital improvement projects in town will continue this week, (Monday through Friday, July 25th through July 29th, 2011).

Delays due to traffic and detours around some of the work sites can add to driving times, so motorists should plan accordingly.

The Town of Framingham's Department of Public Works / Highway Division / Capital Projects website offers residents and visitors to Framingham helpful information about current and upcoming construction projects.

You can view up to date traffic alerts, maps of project worksites and traffic detours, and sign up to receive email alerts for all or any of the currently listed projects.

The email traffic advisory for the week of July 25th through ...[read more]


Expect Delays at Rt. 126 / Rt. 30 Intersection

Filed under: Around Town by News Staff at 5:43 am on July 5, 2011
Framingham sewer work at Rt. 30 / Rt. 126 intersection to take longer than expected.

Sewer work near Rt. 30 / Rt. 126 intersection to take longer than expected.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Dennis Paulsen, (Town Meeting Member for Precinct 9, and Vice Chair of the Standing Committee on Public Works), recently spoke with key Town of Framingham personnel and the construction supervisor responsible for the East Framingham Sewer Construction project regarding the work being done near the interestion of Rt. 30 (Cochituate Road), and Rt. 126, (Concord Street).

Paulsen was informed that this week, (July 5th - July 8th, 2011), crews will be cutting diagonally across Concord Street -- from Landseer Ave. to the Framingham Cooperative Bank, and that the work will be done during weekday working hours and that during the construction, Rt. 126 will be restricted to (1) lane ...[read more]


Framingham Traffic Alerts (June 20th - 24th, 2011)

Filed under: General Interest by News Staff at 12:21 am on June 19, 2011
Sewer main construction on Grant St.

Sewer main construction on Grant St., Framingham, MA (June 2011). Photos of ongoing and completed projects can be found on the www.BuildingFramingham.com website.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Roadwork on several major capital improvement projects in town will continue this week, (Monday through Friday, June 20 - 24, 2011).

Major delays due to backed up traffic and detours around some of the work sites can add to driving times, so motorists should plan accordingly.

The Town of Framingham Department of Public Works / Highway Division / Capital Projects website offers residents and visitors to Framingham helpful information about current and upcoming construction projects.

You can view up to date traffic alerts, maps of project work-sites and ...[read more]


Downtown Framingham Traffic About to Get a Little Worse

Filed under: General Interest by News Staff at 10:13 pm on May 16, 2011
Map of Fountain St. bridge replacement work area in Framingham, MA

The Fountain St. bridge is frequently used to avoid Downtown Framingham and navigate to and from the Merloni Baseball Complex, Loring Arena, Keefe Tech, Fountain Street Galleries, (and other businesses located in the former Bancroft Cap factory), and the surrounding area. Map courtesy of Google Map, http://maps.google.com/

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Long recognized as one of the worst things about Downtown Framingham, traffic along the Rt. 126 corridor through the Rt. 135 intersection and rail crossing is about to get even worse -- temporarily.

Construction is slated to begin June 23, 2011 to replace the Fountain St. bridge which some motorists use as an alternate route to avoid the traffic choked Downtown central district.

MassDOT and its contractor estimate the project will take 97 days and, baring any unforeseen circumstances, the projected bridge re-opening date is set for September 27th, (2011).

The $2.3 million dollar state and federally funded project includes ...[read more]


Route 126 Corridor Transportation Improvement Study Approved

Filed under: Politics by Deb Cleveland at 10:07 am on May 27, 2009

FRAMINGHAM, MA - On May 20, 2009 the Metrowest Legislators announced that the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has approved a Route 126 Corridor Transportation Improvement Study that will encompass the towns of Bellingham, Medway, Holliston, Ashland and Framingham. Work is set to begin immediately.

The objectives of the study are to identify mobility, access, safety, and other transportation-related problems at selected locations along Route 126 and to identify and evaluate multimodal transportation solutions to the problems, with the goal of improving accessibility to the towns' shopping, commercial, educational, and service centers.

"Route 126 is extremely important to the towns included in this study, as well as the greater MetroWest region, connecting as it does to 1-495, Route 16, Route 109, Route 135, and Route 140," stated Senator Karen Spilka. "This study is great news for these towns and the region as a whole, as we continue our efforts to grow smart and grow strong."

The first step in the project will be the formation of an advisory task force that includes town officials, affected residents, members of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the Massachusetts Highway Department, and the Executive Office of Transportation and Public Works, as well as local Senators and Representatives. This task force, which is scheduled to meet once in mid-June and once again within twelve months, will participate in the study by offering advice and input on data, study location selections, and recommendations.

"The Route 126 corridor is a main thoroughfare in the Town of Framingham," stated Representative Pam Richardson. "It is a crucial component in the economic development and revitalization of our downtown. I am looking forward to working on the task force, the outcome of the study and the subsequent improvements to this important corridor."

The end result of the study will be recommendations for geometric, traffic control, and other changes for improved traffic operations, with special emphasis on the effective and safe accomodation of pedestrians and bicyclists. Bus service improvement recommendations may also be developed. A long-term vision for the Route 126 corridor compatible with the land use and economic development in the area is also expected.

"The development of Route 126 is a quality of life issue for the people of my district" stated Representative Tom Sannicandro. "The jobs and economic development that will come from these proposed transportation improvements will not only transform much of Ashland and Framingham, but all of Metro West."

All results will be presented for discussion and input at the second meeting of the advisory task force. A final report documenting all of the project's tasks and products, including its recommendations, will be submitted to the Transportation Planning and Programming Committee of the MPO for final approval.

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