There has been a lot of activity and progress on the Lebanon Street Improvement Project that will continue throughout the summer. This is a complicated construction job that is being funded through the state’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). You may have noticed in the area of Hospital Square, next to Robinson’s Funeral Home, how deep the excavation has been. This is because of the massive amount of unsuitable material below the surface, coupled with the need to remove old trolley tracks. The road is now being rebuilt with a new gas pipe.
Final paving on these roads will occur in September but we are making temporary pavement repairs to make the driving conditions better. Over the next four weeks, sidewalk work beginning at Lebanon at Grove will begin going all the way to the hospital. After this is completed on one side of the street, the same process begins on the other side. Sidewalk work must be completed first as those machines would damage a newly paved roadway. Crews will be putting in all new traffic signals that will be synchronized. At the same time, they will be making sections of road repairs and prepping the roadway for final paving.
It is important to understand that this is a massive project for Melrose. The scope not only includes Lebanon Street from Main Street to Grove but will also make substantial improvements at:
- Hospital Square (Main/Green/Lebanon/Porter
- Upham Street (Lebanon to Bellevue)
- Emerson Street (Lebanon to Rowe)
We will continue to provide regular updates on the project and appreciate everyone’s patience.