Happy All Hallow’s Eve to costumed revelers of all ages. Because it falls on a Thursday, many adults celebrated Halloween last weekend — looking at you, folks who went to the Reservoir on Saturday — but you can expect children out today, offering adults the very reasonable choice of a trick or a treat.
Pro tip: Give them the treat.
Construction work is expected to wrap up early today, Thursday, and Elm and Randall streets will be closed to traffic starting at 4:30 p.m. so all the little ghosts and goblins can trick-or-treat safely.
In addition, there will be a Halloween party from 5 to 7 this evening at Rusty Parker Park, where older people will be stunned that children have never heard “The Monster Mash” or the “Ghostbusters” song.
In construction news, expect alternating one-lane traffic on Main Street between the railroad bridge and Stowe Street, as excavation for installation of a stormwater filter. The entrance to the municipal office at 28 N. Main St. will be reduced to one lane, though pedestrian access will be maintained. This work is expected to take several weeks.
Between Stowe Street and Park Row, workers are laying down temporary pavement on the odd-numbered side of the street. Once paving is complete, traffic will shift to that side.
Residents and businesses on the even-numbered side of South Main between Park Row and Foundry Street can expect to lose access to their driveways for several hours, and officials are encouraging the public to park elsewhere, such as 51 S. Main, the Elm Street parking lot, Bidwell Lane, Park Row and across from the railroad tracks by the train station off of Park Row.
In this area, work is being performed on the water main, and water customers are urged to keep extra water on hand in the event of loss of service.
For the past several weeks, this column has alerted the public that granite curbs will be installed on the even-numbered side of South Main between Park Row and Demeritt Place. However, a delay in materials has pushed out the work for weeks. The work was expected to finally begin this week.
All driveway aprons will have temporary paving through the winter. The odd-numbered side of South Main Street in these segments will have paved sidewalks for this winter. Curbs will be installed in the spring.
No construction work this week. Work is expected to resume Monday, Nov. 4, and will include relocating the speed sign near Ben and Jerry’s to a place about 100 feet north of its current location.