On his 1979 album “Rust Never Sleeps,” Neil Young sang of how he “Hit the road before it’s light/Trying to catch an hour on the sun.”
On Wednesday, J.A. McDonald was on the road, or more specifically, on Elm Street, a full two hours before sunrise, with construction work beginning at 3 a.m. The early-morning work is expected to continue for at least the next two days, meaning Thursday and Friday.
Drainage work will force the closure of Elm Street to through traffic; during this time, residents and businesses on Elm Street can get to where they’re going by way of Park Row West and Randall Street.
Elm Street is home to one of several parking options just off Main; the Elm Street lot can be accessed through the Northfield Savings Bank. Finding parking alternatives is necessary right now, because while Main Street shops and restaurants are open for business, there is no parking on Main Street between Stowe Street and Demeritt Place.
Other parking choices include 51 S. Main, Bidwell Lane, Park Row and across from the railroad tracks by the train station off Park Row.
New water lines are being tested between Park Row and Demeritt Street, so loss of pressure or service can be expected. Be sure to flush your lines and keep plenty of water on hand. Conduit work in this section is expected to be completed this week.
Properties on the even-numbered side of Main Street in this area will lose temporary access to driveways as they are excavated. Excavated areas in this area will be filled with dense, graded material, with the plan to pave in September. Once paving takes place, sidewalks and granite curbs will be installed, likely in late September and October.
Properties on the even side of Main Street between Batchelder Street and Demeritt Place will also lose access to driveways as drainage work is done. Residents and business owners in the area can also expect to lose water pressure or service altogether as the main water line is tested.
The town will apply crosswalk and line striping on Union, Railroad and Stowe streets prior to the start of school.
Loomis Hill Road
The milling work is complete, and chloride has been spread on the gravel surface to keep down the dust. In the mean time, the project is on hold until after Labor Day, when the road will be paved. The work is expected to take three days.
Paving work will continue from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, with alternating one-way traffic, so expect delays. (As a side note, it recently took a reporter 35 minutes to travel between Stowe and Waterbury).
Crews will also be installing a rumble strip along the center line.
Starting Monday, crews began paving side roads off of Route 100, beginning at Gregg Hill Road and heading south to Spruce Haven Road.
For more information, contact Barb Farr at 888-3810, 244-4300 or email@example.com.