North Amherst residents will be pleased to know their major thoroughfare will be a lot more drivable by the end of "this construction season," (which usually means when the snow flies) after a base coat of pavement will be put down the entire length of Pine Street.
It has been a long haul thus far with the road ripped up for water sewer upgrades and then a major overhaul which is yet to come, but should be completed in calender 2015.
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The town twice put in for a $4.3 million MassWorks grant but were turned down both times. DPW Chief Guilford Mooring reports we have spent $1.8 million in Water & Sewer fund money so far and a funding request to complete the work will go to the Fall Town Meeting somewhere in the $2 million range.
The Town Manager will make a recommendation to the Select Board about the final tweaks, which hinge on whether there should be a separate bike lane AND sidewalk or just one multi-use path for both.
The Public Works Committee already voted unanimously for the single 10 foot wide multi-use path on the south side of Pine Street. The town needs to confirm final layout before putting down the base coat. The Select Board has final say.
Pine/Bridge Street roundabout (near Cushman Market) now off the table because of how much land taking would be required