The Patrick Administration today announced that it has given the formal go-ahead for work to commence on the $3.2 million reconstruction of South Road in Westhampton.
“This is an important investment in an important local roadway,” said Transportation Secretary Bernard Cohen. “All across the Commonwealth, we are rebuilding our road and bridge infrastructure, literally pumping hundreds of millions of dollars yearly into projects like this one.”
The project will reconstruct South Road from Route 66 to North Road, running approximately 6,700 feet. In addition, approximately 640 feet of roadway reconstruction is also planned on Cemetery Road.
“Massachusetts has one of the oldest road and bridge systems in the country, and we have to ensure that we invest our resources in the most strategic manner possible,” said MassHighway Commissioner Luisa Paiewonsky. “South Road is a perfect example of a needed strategic investment.”
“This reconstruction project will repair Westhampton’s main route into the center of town,” said State Senator Benjamin B. Downing. “South Road has long been the primary route for transporting raw and finished materials to and from Westhampton’s gravel processing plants. As one can imagine, continual passage of such heavy trucks can wreak havoc on roads. I am pleased that the Administration is moving forward with the construction phase of this project.”
State Representative Peter V. Kocot added, “I want to thank Secretary Cohen, Commissioner Paiewonsky, and District 2 MHD Director Al Stegemann for their strong commitment to this project. Former Westhampton Highway Superintendent Dick Tracy worked to get this roadway repaired for over twenty-five years and I know that he is pleased to see the project moving forward.”
The work also includes other incidental items, such as culvert repair, drainage work, and the installation of signage. Preliminary work could begin this year, but work is expected to start in earnest this coming spring. It is expected that the project will be completed in early 2009.
All-State Asphalts of Sunderland, Massachusetts is MassHighway’s contractor on the project.