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Many Watertown Street Repair Projects Must Wait Until Spring

Most repair projects have started, but the final resurfacing will have to wait on most.

About a third the streets on the town’s repair list are finished, but others will have to wait until after the winter to be completed, Public Works Superintendent Gerald Mee told Town Councilors.

The town had seven streets on the schedule to be resurfaced, and have other improvements and Mee said, who said the summer 2012 projects are about 50 percent complete.

Work on two roads has been completed – Middlesex Road and Hawthorne Road, Mee said. Others will take longer, Mee said during the Public Works Subcommittee meeting.

“We have completed water service replacement on Boyd (Street), Union (Street), Standish (Road) and Lovell (Road), and they are ready for road construction,” Mee said.

The work will likely have to wait for warmer weather, in March or April, Mee said.

The delay is due to the late start in the process, Mee said. 

"We had more water services than planned," Mee said. "We did not bid the project until July 26." 

Work on one street, Aldrich Road, has yet to begin. The road is particularly complicated, Mee said, because currently the sidewalk is used for parking for many of the apartments on the street, which is not allowed in Watertown.

Town Councilor Vincent Piccirilli wanted to make sure all the driveways met the town zoning rules. Steve Magoon, director of Economic Development and Planning, said there are still many non-conforming areas on Aldrich Road.

The town should organize a meeting with residents of Aldrich Road sometime after the holidays, said Town Councilor Cecilia Lenk.

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