Route 28 Intersection Work Nears Completion
By: James Kinsella
The end is in sight for the periodic construction traffic jams this winter and spring along Route 28 in Centerville and Marstons Mills.
A spokesman for the state Department of Transportation said Tuesday that most of the work on the three intersections in question—Lumbert Mill Road, South County Road/Main Street and Route 149/Prince Avenue—is set for completion by Monday, Memorial Day, May 30.
The spokesman, Richard Nangle, said a small amount of work to complete the job will spill over into June.
As of this past week, Mr. Nangle said, about 65 percent of the work had been completed on the contract.
The contract, which comes to slightly under $2 million, is federally funded.
The state decided to embark on the project, Mr. Nangle said, “to accommodate traffic and improve safety.”
The biggest change for drivers will be the hanging of traffic signals at the intersections, now controlled by stop signs on the crossroads and streets.
Mr. Nangle said the traffic signals are scheduled to go up in the next several weeks.
The work also will add lanes on Route 28 at each intersection to accommodate left-hand turns, and widen lanes on the crossroads and streets coming into the intersections.
For westbound drivers on Route 28 heading toward the South County Road/Main Street intersection, an extra right-hand turn lane has been added to accommodate the additional traffic that makes that turn.
Construction started in April 2010.
Along the way, Mr. Nangle said, the project experienced some utility delays and some drainage redesign.P.A. Landers of Hanover is the general contractor on the job.