PROJECT UPDATE (3/27/2020)
The state received permission to begin work on the Elm Street project. Detours will begin on Monday, March 30 for Phase 1 (Railroad Street to Congress Street).
ELM STREET PLAN OVERVIEW
The conversation about the Elm Street Reconstruction Project started in 1998, and we are excited to see it finally happening! We received $10M in state and federal funding to complete the project, with the City of Amesbury adding roughly $800,000 for design work and easements.
The project includes pavement reconstruction, rehabilitation of the existing drainage system, the addition of new/rehabilitated sidewalks/curbing along both sides of the roadway, ADA compliant wheelchair ramps, 5' bicycle lanes and improved intersections. Traffic lights will be added at the Congress Street and Monroe Street intersections.
We recognize that a project of this scope is going to cause some disruption, but we hope that by proactively communicating about the timelines and detours, we will ease some of that for residents, business owners and visitors.
All major projects have timelines and goals, however, the dates are fluid as construction really gets underway. The Elm Street project will be done in stages, with different phases of the street (listed below) being worked on at different times to make it easier on traffic flow, detours and neighboring streets. Work will begin as soon as the weather is warm enough with no more predictions of snow. We’ll provide as much notice as possible for the start of work.
Phase 1 - Railroad St to Congress St
Phase 2 - Congress St to Monroe St
Phase 3 - Monroe St to Rt 110
As construction moves into each phase, the street will become one-way (heading into downtown) and detours will be provided on neighboring streets.
Plans for the Elm Street Reconstruction project can viewed in the attachment below.
Where will I find updates about the project?
- The main hub of information will be this website page
- We will share updates on the DPW’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/AmesburyDPW
- Phone number you can call and listen to a message for updates (TBD)
- Phase updates will be sent through Swift911, www.amesburyma.gov/swift911
- Updates will be shared with the Daily News
- Senior Center Newsletter
- City E-Newsletter, www.amesburyma.gov/city-enewsletter
How do I get updates on detours?
We will share information about the different phases and detours of the project utilizing the above tactics, but the fastest and best way to find out about what phase of construction we’re in and what detours are being used is to sign up for Swift911.
|Phase 1 Detour||Phase 2 Detour||Phase 3 Detour|
Begins in Market Street.
North on Market St.
Right on Clinton St.
Right on Congress St.
Left on Elm St.
Left on Congress St.
Right on Madison St.
Right on Monroe St.
Left on Elm St.
Left on Monroe St.
Left on Madison St.
Left on Congress St.
Right on Elm St.
Continue to Friend St.
Left on Main St.
Left on Route 110.
What do the different color ribbons mean?
You may see purple, yellow and pink ribbons along the street on trees and utility poles. Purple = protect, yellow = take down, pink = where utility poles will be.
How can I sign up for Swift911?
We will utilize our reverse phone call system, Swift911 to send voice and text alerts about the project and when we switch from one phase to another. Sign up for the alerts to ensure that you’re receiving that information. You can sign up at www.amesburyma.gov/swift911 or by texting SWIFT911 to “99538” where you’ll be prompted to download the app.
Will I be able to get out of my driveway?
Yes! When construction is happening in front of your house, there may be times when the project manager will ask you to be out of your driveway by a certain time, as they will be digging trenches. Please keep the one-way and detours in mind, so make sure to turn the correct way out of your driveway!
When will my driveway be repaved?
Repaving is the last part of the process, and as long as the project stays on schedule, all paving will be complete by fall of 2021.
If I have property damage, who do I talk to?
We highly encourage you to take photos of your property before work begins. If damage is done to your property due to the construction, please call the Department of Public Works at (978) 388-8116 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If I have questions about the project, who do I call?
If you have questions about construction and the project itself, call the Department of Public Works at (978) 388-8116 or email email@example.com
If you have questions or feedback about communications about the project, call Caitlin Thayer at (978) 500-4799 or email firstname.lastname@example.org