Marlborough approves $10.27 million for road repairs

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Marlborough approves $10.27 million for road repairs
The city has approved $10.27 million in bond requests for roadway repairs and reconstruction. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

MARLBOROUGH – Spring Street has been putting up with potholes and patches for years.

Thanks to the city’s approval of $10.27 million in bond requests, Spring Street, Hayes Memorial Drive and other roadways will get some much-needed improvements.

On Jan. 30, the City Council’s Finance Committee approved $500,000 for sewer construction and/or reconstruction; $1 million for water construction and/or reconstruction; and $8.7 million for street and infrastructure construction.

In a letter to the full council, Mayor Arthur Vigeant said he was dividing the request into two packages “so we can get a head start on lining up contractors and ordering materials.”

Vigeant said that should the state release funds from the American Rescue Plan Act, he will direct those funds “to rescind or reduce the bonds based on spending criteria.”

The infrastructure list for fiscal 2023 includes reconstruction projects for Gleason Street estimated at $175,000, Crescent Street at $400,000, Russell Street at $400,000, Liberty Street at $525,000, Spring Street at $1.2 million, Hayes Memorial Drive at $2.8 million, Witherbee Street at $550,000, Gay Street at $435,000 and Francis Street at $785,000.

The city has also received funding from MassWorks Infrastructure grants for two of its streets. Marlborough received funding for work on Cedar Hill Street. In the fall, city officials said the funds would be used to reconstruct a one-mile stretch of Cedar Hill, including reconstructing and resurfacing Cedar Hill Street, improving drainage, adding sidewalks and building a shared-use bike lane for multimodal accommodations.

Marlborough also received funds for work near Main and Weed streets. Approved by the City Council in December, this will allow Marlborough to created a shared-use plaza and reconstruct the traffic signal at the intersection of Bolton and Main.

“They all need to be done,” said Vigeant. “The next two years are going to be a challenge.”

Details on this year’s projects will be posted on the city’s Department of Public Works website.

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