News and Updates
November 7, 2020
FERRY STREET TO REOPEN AS OF MONDAY NOVEMBER 9, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.
We are excited to announce that beginning Monday morning at 8 a.m. November 9, 2020, Ferry Street will be re-opened to traffic. Motorists and pedestrians are advised to proceed through the area slowly and carefully given the new traffic pattern and continued construction activity in the area.
Our contractors have worked diligently around weather delays to ensure the road was ready for opening as soon as possible. Over the past several days crews laid out and completed the installation of thermoplastic line striping, thermoplastic crosswalk markings, and the installation of rectangular rapid flashing beacons.
The re-opening of Ferry Street marks the near completion of the City’s $3.9 million dollar road infrastructure project. Final improvements such as landscaping, signs, lighting fixtures, and electric vehicle charging stations will continue in November 2020 and Spring 2021.
View looking down Ferry Street - Friday November 6, 2020
Crews installing the thermoplastic imprinted crosswalk for the Manhan Rail Trail crossing over Ferry Street.
View looking easterly on Lovefield (toward Oniell St) with the new public parking and PVTA bus stop area to the right.
View from Pleasant Street entering the roundabout towards Ferry Street (crosswalks and additional signage not yet installed).
October 12, 2020
We are happy to announce we expect Ferry Street to reopen by the first week in November - weather dependent.
As of right now, if the weather remains conducive to construction, we expect final paving for the Ferry Street road project to occur on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (October 14, 15, 16). SEEK AN ALTERNATE ROUTE DURING THIS TIME. After that, final line striping and pedestrian safety signals wil be installed clearing the way for the end of the detour.
To watch the video update posted on the Planning Department's Facebook page, click here.
Here are some progress photographs of the project:
July 8, 2020 - Eversource crews preparing to take aerial utilities underground. July 10, 2020 - Footings for the pond railing next to the 10 foot wide multiuse path are installed. July 15, 2020 - Base coat of paving going down! August 8, 2020 - Public parking spaces on Lovefield and pedestrian walkway to the Manhan and 1 Ferry Street. August 31, 2020 - Lovefield pedestrian sidewalk and crosswalks improvements underway. May 31, 2020 Beginning Monday June 1, 2020 for approximately 2 weeks the Manhan Rail Trail will be reduced to one lane for pedestrian and bicyclist safety near a portion of 1 Ferry Street. Construction crews will be working in close proximty to the bke path and the City is asking people to be careful and stay off of the construction fence. Signs will be posted. Thank you your cooperation and understanding. May 28, 2020Retaining wall installed adjacent to Ferry Street May 8, 2020Drainage structures being installed in Ferry Street May 4, 2020
Due to concerns related to COVID-19, the detour will now take effect on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.
The following general construction schedule is expected:
Week of May 4-May 8
- Detour signs will be installed at numerous locations around the City - and will be covered.
- The City's contractor will begin mobilization including bringing in heavy equipment, vehicles, materials, and security fencing and similar preparation activities.
- A construction fence will be installed adjacent to the bike path and trees will be removed.
- The City's contractor will begin work on the demolition of an existing retaining wall between the Manhan Rail Trail and the 1 Ferry Street property.
Week of May 11-May 15
- Ferry Street will be closed to all vehicular traffic for a period of at least 6 months. Motorists are advised to find alternative routes.
- Vehicle traffic over Pleasant Street and Lovefield will be subject to one-lane travel - expect delays.
- The City's contractor will begin work on Ferry Street installing underground utilities.
March 10, 2020
This page was created on March 10, 2020 to correspond with a press release and detour map. This site is intended to be a place for residents, business owners, and others to find and follow information about the road project.
Click here to view and/or print the press release.
Click here to view and/or print the detour map.
As a result of road work taking place, Ferry Street (from Emerald Place to the Manhan Rail Trail crossing) will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning May 6, 2020. The road is anticipated to be closed for approximately six months. A detour will be in place to redirect regular traffic and along with a separate truck route.
Motorists will be advised to expect delays, occasional lane closures on Lovefield, and to avoid the intersection of Pleasant Street, O’Neill Street, and Ferry Street. The contractor will begin placing detours signs at specific intersections over the next few weeks.
The attached Ferry Street Detour Map shows both the passenger car detour routes and the truck detour routes. Motorists will be advised to seek alternate routes.
The work is funded by a $3.5 million MassWorks grant to improve public infrastructure in support of the redevelopment of the Ferry Street Mills. The improvements include the construction of a mini roundabout at the intersection of Lovefield, Pleasant and Ferry Streets, moving overhead wires underground on Ferry Street along Lower Mill Pond, the construction of a pedestrian walkway on Ferry Street along Lower Mill Pond, sidewalk and water, sewer and drainage improvements, upgraded Manhan Rail Trail crossing, new pavement and new traffic control measures.
The Manhan Rail Trail will remain open during construction activities. Users of the rail trail are reminded to obey traffic signs, stop at all intersections and use caution when crossing Ferry Street. Millside Park will remain open with access from Ferry Street maintained during the road closure and construction.