Union Avenue Utility Improvements
The existing water mains are 60 to 130 years of age and are near the end of their useful life. Replacement is needed to ensure adequate fire protection and domestic water supply. The sewer pipes are also 50 to 100 years old, undersized, susceptible to high infiltration rates and frequently experience blockages. Contract 2 work will include the removal of pavement and concrete road base, replacement of sewer and water pipes and services, and improvements to drainage and stormwater treatment systems.
The Union Avenue Utilities Improvement Project - Contract 1 work was completed in May of 2018, which included utility and roadway improvements between Main Street and Walnut Street.
The Contract 2 portion of the Union Avenue Utilities Improvement Project commenced in May 2018. Construction for Contract 2 will be completed in 2019. Affected roadways will include Union Avenue between Walnut Street and Beech Street, Lincoln Street between Union Avenue and Evergreen Street, Evergreen Street, Learned Street, Myrtle Street and Thurber Street.
A bid opening will be held on Thursday, May 23. Construction for Contract 3 is expected to commence late summer 2019. Affected roadways will include Union Avenue between Beech Street and Proctor Street, and Pearl Street between Franklin Street and Lincoln Street.
Information regarding traffic detours will be updated as the project progresses. Access to all properties along the affected routes will be maintained via detour routes.
Construction on Union Avenue has resumed for the 2019 construction season. Work includes installation of new water mains, new sewer mains, new sewer structures and lining of existing sewer lines, as well as new drainage lines and structures on Union Avenue between DeLoss Street and Beech Street. Paving activities are planned for the end of the month in the hospital area on Myrtle Street, Learned Street, Thurber Street and Evergreen Street. Please be cautious through work zones and follow detour signs.
The Traffic detour in effect between May and July will be in effect 24/7 and is as follows:
Northbound travel (heading toward Route 9) will be permitted through the work zone (between Linden Street and Beech Street). Southbound traffic between Linden Street and Beech Street is NOT permitted; southbound traffic will be detoured to Franklin Street and then 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. Two-way traffic south of the work zone will be maintained.
Southbound traffic to the Hospital will be detoured to Franklin St., to Henry Street, to Lexington St., and then to Lincoln Street.
View the Phase A-3R detour plan here
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 more traffic issues and unsafe situations for pedestrians.
A neighborhood meeting was held on March 18, 2019 at the
Framingham Public Library, Costin Room
City staff and consultants presented plans for upcoming improvements of water, sewer, and drainage systems, and repaving of Union Ave. between Walnut St. and Beech St. and in the hospital area (Thurber, Learned, Myrtle, Evergreen, and Lincoln Streets.).
Staff also presented planned improvements of water and sewer systems, and repaving of Union Ave. between Beech St. and Proctor St. and on Pearl St. This work is included in the recommended FY20 Capital Budget request and is subject to funding.
View the Public Meeting handout here: Click here