NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – If all goes as planned, the two-mile, $7.6 million Sutton Street reconstruction project will begin next fall or in the spring of 2014.
About 25 Sutton Street residents and town officials attended a public hearing held Tuesday night by the state Department of Transportation to discuss the project's design.
Architectural drawings of the preliminary design were set up on easels for residents to view, and questions were encouraged.
Residents asked about the railroad crossing, which will not be affected by the construction; sidewalks, which will be widened; shoulders on the side of the road where there aren’t sidewalks, which will be four feet wide; and the five-way intersection at Sutton and Hill streets and Pollard Road, which will become a four-way intersection.
Project manager John Schoenfeld said 137 property easements are needed for the project to proceed. It is the town’s responsibility to acquire those easements, noted Jerry Doherty from Mass DOT.
“Without them, funding is jeopardized… if they’re not ready to go, funding will go to another community,’’ he said.
Funded by the town, the engineering firm of AECON designed the project. Of the $7.6 million cost of construction, the town will pay $1 million for expansion of water and sewer lines.
“This has been a long time coming, over 15 years,’’ said Town Manager Theodore Kozak. He said the necessary language for easements will be on the Oct. 23 Fall Town Meeting warrant, and all residents affected will be contacted.
Department of Public Works Director James Shuris said the reconstruction is a key element in the town’s road program.
Though it will take about two years to complete, “it will be a showcase,’’ he said.