Route 9 improvements nearing completion
Shrewsbury – For those accustomed to driving Route 9 in Shrewsbury, the end of the roadwork is in sight: paving should be complete by July 31, with final refinements finished in the next couple of weeks.
That's according to Jack Perreault, town engineer, who said nighttime paving began July 26.
"We'll be paving Route 9 and hope to have it completed by the end of the week," Perreault said.
After that, the final pavement markings, stripping and other punch list items should take only a couple of weeks.
For the last year and a half, the stretch of Route 9 from Maple Avenue to the intersection of North and South Quinsigamond has been under construction, Perreault said, with a total project cost of about $5 million. The project is being done by the Massachusetts Highway Department, but the town has been involved in the planning and in getting grants to help pay for the work. The ornamental street and traffic lights, pavement stamping and plantings have been funded through grants.
Another project has taken a leap forward, as well. The detours around Grafton Street (Route 140) are no longer necessary, as the work on the culvert at Old Brook Road has progressed enough to allow traffi c t o pass , Perreaul t said.
"They opened the road," he said. "We are pretty much on schedule with that piece."
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