Construction at Grist Mill Curve to Continue Until Spring ‘18
Work on the re-configuration and reconstruction of the intersection of Fall River Avenue and Arcade Avenue (commonly known as the Grist Mill curve) is continuing, much to the chagrin of neighboring business owners and motorists traveling the heavily used roadway.
There is light at the end of the tunnel however. According to a spokesperson for Massachusetts Department of Transportation (DOT), the project is 48% complete, with the work scheduled to wrap up in the spring of 2018. This is one full year after the original plans called for.
The project, begun in July 2015, is intended to realign Arcade Avenue, Mill Road and Fall River Avenue. What is now one of the most dangerous intersections in the state will transform to a traditional T intersection, with traffic signals, sidewalks, bicycle accommodations, and drainage improvements.
Currently, work continues on Phase II of the project. This work includes the culvert extension, backfill and compaction, support of excavation, traffic mast arm foundation installation, concrete barrier construction, rebar and concrete placements for the moment slabs located at the barriers and precast retaining wall construction.
The project’s contractor, UEL Contractors, currently plans to enter into Phase III work by late Fall 2017. The completion date for the project is anticipated to be April 27, 2018.
The contract price is $2,487,166.00.
Next up for the DOT in Seekonk are the much anticipated intersection improvements and related work at another heavily used intersection in town at Fall River Avenue and County Street, otherwise known as Luther’s Corner. This project will entail installing dedicated left turn lanes with the appropriate traffic signals. It is hoped that this improvement will help ease the flow of the 24,000 vehicles that currently pass through this intersection. Crosswalks and sidewalks will be reconstructed as well.
Funded through the 2018 Transportation Improvement Program for the Southeastern Massachusetts Metropolitan Planning Organization, construction is slated to begin spring 2019.