Main Street repaving project begins Sunday night

MIKE LABELLA/Staff photoDrivers must proceed with caution while a section of Mill Street between Boardman and Arlington streets undergoes repaving.

HAVERHILL — As the city is involved in its annual street paving, one of the biggest parts starts on Sunday night.

The city's Highway Department and its roadway contractor, Rafferty Fine Grading, have scheduled a portion of Main Street (Route 125) for resurfacing, from Hanscom Avenue to Woodrow Avenue, (between the Smiley School building and Starbucks) beginning at 7 p.m. this Sunday. Work will conclude by 6 a.m. the next morning.

The schedule could change in the event of rain, city officials said.

A similar process is taking place on other streets this summer, including a section of Mill Street, where grinding and structure has taken place and paving is planned for the week of June 10.

In all, the city is spending about $1.5 million in state Chapter 90 money this paving season. About 35 streets have seen repaving so far and the city expects to do another 25 streets, or as many as it can before the money runs out.

Mayor James Fiorentini said that next year, for the first time ever, he plans to propose the city spend an additional amount of money to pave streets, beyond Chapter 90 money. He said he wants to chip away at the backlog of streets in need of paving, crack-sealing or other repairs to some degree.

The mayor said he plans to announce that additional amount he wants to spend when he releases his Capital Improvements Projects budget in early to mid June.

Highway Superintendent Brian Zaniboni said that like other major repaving projects, the Main Street project is a multi-step process and will occur over several days.

First, the existing top layers of asphalt are milled off and removed to a depth of 1 1/2 inches, then the drainage structures in the road (catch basins and manholes) are repaired and adjusted. Finally, new layers of surface asphalt are applied, he said.

Here is the anticipated schedule for Main Street:

Removal of the existing roadway surface will begin Sunday evening and is anticipated to be completed by Tuesday, weather permitting. Due to the large volume of traffic during the day, this aspect of the project will be done during overnight hours, Zaniboni said.

Adjustment of roadway structures is anticipated to begin on Tuesday, during normal working hours, and will last several days. Drivers can expect to encounter raised structures such as manholes and are asked to proceed with caution.

If there are no scheduling interruptions, paving, by D&R Paving, will take place on Thursday beginning at 7 p.m. and will be completed by the following morning.

Due to the large volume of traffic during the day, this aspect of the work will be done during overnight hours.

Zaniboni said this important infrastructure work is being paid for through the state's Chapter 90 road funding program.

He said the paving schedule is highly dependent on weather conditions and contractor operations. Haverhill Police Department traffic detail officers will be on site to guide traffic safely around the work zone.

Some inconveniences as anticipated during this period such as noise, dust and temporary street closures. The Highway Department will make every effort to reasonably reduce impacts and complete the work as quickly as possible, Zaniboni said.

Questions should be directed to the Highway Department through the Mayor’s Constituent Services line by calling 311 or 978-358-1311 if outside Haverhill.