Town Update as of April 2021
Welcome Center Update
Despite several unforeseen delays, the project is moving forward. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that the two new restroom facilities will be fully operational this summer, so the Town will need to rely on the existing restroom facility for one more season. However, observers will soon start to see the end of the pile driving, the laying of the two foundations, and the erection of the structures. As there will be significant construction activity, the Town will be working to ensure that pedestrian safety for people walking from Town parking lots to the beach center and beyond is paramount. Vehicular traffic to the Broadway Mall will be restricted as necessary.
In addition, the Town has received word from the State that they will be re-paving the remainder of Beach Road from approximately the Tidewater complex to the intersection of North End Boulevard, and northward on Rte. 1A until just past Driftway. Two years ago, the State re-paved Beach Road from Salisbury Square to Tidewater, and now they will be finishing Beach Road. The State will also be re-paving the roadway leading into and exiting Salisbury State Beach Reservation.
Driftway Project Update
Due to unfavorable bids the first time the project was advertised, the Town re-bid this project over the winter. Much more favorable bids were received, a contract is being awarded, and the project is scheduled to begin sometime around April 19. The project will include new paving, new sidewalks, new curbing, new crosswalks, designated loading zones, handicapped and short-term parking spaces, new period lighting and outdoor seating. The plan is for work to proceed until no later than June 30, at which point the street will be re-opened to the public for the summer. Then after Labor Day the final coat of paving and line striping will be applied. This work is being done in conjunction with another project, funded by National Grid and local business property owners, to relocate all overhead wiring underground for safety and reliability reasons. The end product is expected to be a much safer, more attractive and welcoming Driftway just north of the Beach Center.
Water and Sewer Project Updates
After a winter of inactivity, the Bridge water main replacement project and the Lafayette Road/Main Street sewer project have both started back up. The water project is scheduled to be finished by August 1, after which the State will come in and re-pave the entire length of Bridge Road from the Gillis Bridge to Salisbury Square. In addition to replace an 85-year old water main, the project will replace 80 water services to existing business and homes along Bridge Road. The sewer project is a two-year undertaking that will go through the 2021 construction season and finish sometime in the summer of 2022. The Town is already receiving several inquiries from parties who wish to locate businesses or develop properties along the Lafayette Road corridor, and we anticipate solid economic growth in this part of Town in the coming years. In 2023, after this project is finished, the State is scheduled to come in and completely reconstruct Lafayette Road from the square to the New Hampshire border, with new paving, new curbing, new crosswalks, bike lanes, a sidewalk on one side, and two roundabouts at the intersection of Lafayette Road and Toll Road and at Lafayette Road and Pike Street. This is a $17 million project, completely funded with State and Federal monies.
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