By Sarah Champagne, Managing Editor
SOUTHBRIDGE – Residents of Southbridge can expect road closures and detours in a section of the heavily traveled Dresser Street for about two months. The closures were announced at recent Town Council meetings by councilors and Department of Public Works director Heather Blakeley.
The closures, which begin Oct. 3, are intended to repair and replace a bridge that goes over the aptly named Nuisance Brook on Dresser Street. This brook alternates between flowing above- and underground, starting at “the rez” ice rink on High Street and discharging into the Quinebaug River.
According to the Southbridge Department of Public Works, “The work involves the replacement of the bridge deck, repairs to the abutments, new catch basins, repaving and other related improvements.”
The closure will occur on Dresser Street between Cole Avenue and Orchard Street. Traffic going to the Southbridge Schools administration building on Cole Avenue will still be able to turn left onto Cole Avenue to access the facility from the direction of Elm Street. Driveways will remain accessible to homeowners.
Westbound traffic will be detoured north on Marcy Street, then west on Main Street, West on South Street and ending at Sayles Street. Eastbound traffic will be detoured north on Orchard Street, south on South Street, then east on Main Street and south on Marcy Street. Pedestrians will be routed through McMahon Field.
“We hope that the public understands the temporary inconvenience,” says Heather Blakeley, director of the Southbridge Department of Public Works.
The bridge construction and detours are expected to last about two months and final paving is planned for spring 2019.
Any questions about the project can be directed to the Department of Public Works at (508) 764-5403.