Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Selectmen differed on points surrounding some rewritten bylaws pertaining to signage in town.
The Board of Selectmen discussed, in a follow-up to a conversation weeks ago, its opinion on updates to the bylaws as they relate to signs in Northborough. Town Planner Kathy Joubert and Building Inspector Fred Lombardo, based on feedback, presented to them the rewritten bylaws and asked for further suggestions. Instigated by growing complaints from the public on the subject, the Planning Board, based on suggestions from other boards, is considering adjusting and updating some of the sign bylaws to bring to Town Meeting this year. Though the board came to some sense of semblance after the discussion, they were at odds on some of the finer points. Three specific proposed changes to the bylaws were discussed. The first item focused on …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
There's a funny situation at the lights near Church Street, and you'll have to deal with it through the winter.
Why do we have three lights, but two lanes? It's one of many questions that have come up concerning the progress, and strange setup, of the Downtown Improvement Project. While Fred Litchfield, the town's engineer who is most familiar with this project that is headed by the Department of Transportation, wasn't at the Board of Selectmen meeting on Monday night, Chief Mark Leahy was able to field a question. It's a question many readers have asked, as well, and Selectman Leslie Rutan brought it to the table during her regular report. "When you're heading down Route 20 going east," she said, "you come to the intersection with Church Street, and there is a left arrow there. And in addition to the left arrow there is a left arrow sign. Now, you…
Thursday, January 10, 2013
And the Patty Lane intersection appears to cause the most confusion.
Work on the Downtown Improvement Project, conducted by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, will stop through the cold months, and continue through spring, according to an update yesterday from the town. At a recent Board of Selectmen meeting, Town Engineer came armed with a large map. With details of the Downtown Improvement Project at the ready, Litchfield fielded quite a few questions from Selectmen, many of whom were relaying concerns from residents. While Litchfield had responses for all, he repeated two statements: "This is a state project" and "they are still tweaking things." Selectman Aaron Hutchins questioned the timing of the lights at the center, suggesting that the "timing doesn't seem to be any different than …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The reconstruction project on Route 20 will close the center this weekend.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Information courtesy of Police Chief Mark Leahy As part of the Route 20 reconstruction project through the center of Northborough, CSX Railroad will replace their Main Street (Route 20) rail crossing this weekend. Beginning at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, and continuing nonstop until the work is completed on Sunday evening, Dec. 2, Main Street (Route 20) will be detoured around the work site. Police officers will be stationed to assist motorists throughout the project. The primary Main Street (Route 20) detour for cars and small trucks will use South and Summer Streets to bypass the work site. Main Street (Route 20) will be closed on the west end of the job at the intersection of Main And South Streets (Route 20 at Route 135). On the east …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The paving begins. Plus, Mothers and More holds an open house and Carrie Rowan's back at the library.
1. Motorists are strongly advised to avoid the center of Northborough Tuesday through Thursday this week because of paving. Plan your route accordingly. Maybe call in sick? No, Northborough Patch did not tell you to do that. 2. Have you the best Halloween costume around? You should enter it in the Patch Halloween costume contest, which started just yesterday. 3. Have you picked up brownie mix lately from Wegmans? Might want to check the brand, as there has been a recall this week. 4. The phenomenally talented and charming Carrie Rowan is back, putting on her kid-friendly show today at the Northborough Free Library. 5. Mothers and More of Assabet Valley invites all local moms to its annual open house. Special guest Alysia Butler, special …
Monday, October 15, 2012
The Downtown Improvement Project update includes a message urging motorists to seek alternate routes this week.
Information on the Downtown Improvement Project, courtesy of the town of Northborough, as of Oct. 12 Route 20 Milling and Resurfacing Project status report Oct. 11
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Here is the latest update from the town regarding the MassDOT's downtown improvement project.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The most recent update on the Downtown Improvement Project from the town, posted on the town's website Sept. 23. Currently: Installation of curbing is ongoing and the majority of the curbing is completed with a few utility pole conflicts remaining. Week of September 24: Gravel and grading for sidewalk locations is being completed this week in preparation for the installation of the concrete which has already begun is some areas. Some traffic signal equipment did arrive on site this week and the vertical mast arms were installed while some wiring is still ongoing. Cold planning (grinding of uneven asphalt surfaces) in preparation of paving is currently scheduled for overnight work starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, and will run until …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
You have all been asking. The board asked, too.
The Downtown Construction Project, while upon completion will bring a more easily navigated, slicker, center area to town, has certainly slowed traffic and caused some gridlock. People who frequently travel through want to know, "When will it officially be completed?" Dawn Rand, selectmen, asked the same thing during a board meeting this week. "Most of the inconventient work will occur and be taken care of through the fall," said Town Administrator John Coderre, "but there will be some final work in the spring." There you have it. Completion of the project is planned for spring of 2013. The most recent update from the town can be found here.
Monday, August 20, 2012
The latest update on the Downtown Improvement Project as of Aug. 15.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Information courtesy of the town of Northborough Downtown Traffic Improvement status report, Aug. 15 Currently: Installation of curbing is ongoing and the majority of the curbing should be completed by the end of next week. Curbing installation at the westerly end of the project may be delayed to allow for a shift in the roadway due to some utility pole conflicts. Week of Aug. 20: Gravel and grading for several sidewalk locations will be completed this week in preparation for the installation of the concrete. Week of Aug. 27: Water and sewer service extensions on Church Street and excavation for drainage structure adjustments to accommodate the road shift at the westerly end of the project which should take about two weeks to complete. …
Monday, July 9, 2012
Patch experimented: how long would it take us to get from Marlborough to Shrewsbury on Route 20 during rush hour traffic?
You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who "loves" traveling Route 20. No matter where it cuts through, the windy route that shifts relentlessly from one lane to two and back, curving through traffic lights from Marlborough all the way into Sturbridge. Lately, everyone's been complaining about the traffic even more. While Northborough undergoes its Downtown Improvement Plan, and Shrewsbury continues with even more highway upgrades, the bottleneck during certain times of the day is enough to make the patient otherwise. Patch set out to see how long it really takes to navigate Route 20 from Marlborough to Shrewsbury. Editors from Northborough and Shrewsbury along with Patch the Pup hit the road at 5:05 p.m. on a recent Thursday, starting at …