HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – Construction continues along Route 9 in Hadley, and so do traffic concerns. Local residents are hopeful that this new phase of construction will alleviate some of the problems on the busy roadway.
The main intersection under construction is Russell Street at Middle Street, or the intersection of Route 9 and Route 47. Weeks ago, the roadway was just dirt, then they laid gravel, and now, there is pavement.
The work is a project of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, but the Town of Hadley has been following the progress closely, and DPW Director Marlo Warner says that the worst of the traffic problems should be over.
“Put to bed some of the inconvenience that has been going on with slowing traffic and having to grade the gravel every day. Traffic situation should improve at that point. Once they get the base blacktop down, they are concentrating on putting walkways in, it will be less roadwork to contend with,” Warner said.
The project is supposed to take one year to completely finish. After the paving is complete, they will put in new sidewalks and widen the roadway.
Paving will be taking place between 3:30 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. until Friday.
While the road was opened up, the town took the opportunity to replace 100 year-old cast iron water pipes with new piping. Police ask you to avoid the areas if possible.