Sidewalk construction in Wareham Village intends to fix settling issues, 'spruce' area

By Lydia Goerner | May 17, 2017
Photo by: Lydia Goerner Construction on Main Street will take place for the remainder of this week and is projected to be complete by Memorial Day.

Construction is underway this week on the sidewalk on Main Street in Wareham Village, five years after major work was done in the same area.

This construction, which began last week, will “spruce up” the earlier work that was done, according to Community Economic Development Authority Director Peter Sanborn.

Many remember the “streetscape” revitalization project on Main Street in 2011, which widened sidewalks and made them handicap accessible. Streetscaping also included the addition of “bump-outs,” portions of the sidewalk that extend into the street as an aid to pedestrians.

Sanborn said the pavers that were put in place have settled over the last few years, causing them to drop below the curb line.

The excavation needs to be done to refresh the sidewalk and keep it from becoming a tripping hazard, Sanborn said, but nothing will be different in the design of the sidewalk.

While the sidewalk undergoes repairs this week, changes will be made to make it more durable and less susceptible to settling again in the future.

The official end date on construction is not yet determined, but Sanborn said he expects it to be finished by Memorial Day.

Comments (5)
Posted by: Spherebreaker | May 18, 2017 08:08

If the job was done correctly the first time this would not be necessary. The money should have been used to saw cut the bump outs off and then bring in a dozer and push them into the Nail Factory foundation hole. Two boondoggles fixed at once.

Posted by: Rosebud | May 18, 2017 10:04

Those "wonderful" bump-outs should be removed.

Posted by: WantToSeeChange | May 18, 2017 11:25

I was excited to see them removing those bricks!  I thought maybe, just maybe, they were going to remove some of the bump outs at least.  Then they could take the bricks and maybe erect a statue to whomever made the decision to remove them.  Alas, they are just cementing the under layer, like they should have done the first time, and replacing the bricks for our visual driving enjoyment.

Posted by: bob | May 19, 2017 12:19

Where does this money coming from.....

Posted by: Andrea Smith | May 19, 2017 20:43

I think the money comes from a grant, as did the money for the bump outs.

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