Swampscott Paving To Start On Humphrey

Now that the Legislature had approved release of Chapter 90 funds the town can move ahead with its paving program by the end of July.


The overdue allocation of paving funds should be headed to Massachusetts towns soon now that the Legislature has approved the appropriations.

Town Administrator Tom Younger said the Chapter 90 bill was on the governor's desk Friday.

The administrator expects Swampscott's $302,863 allocation will arrive in mid-July.

Gino Cresta, Swampscott's director, said the town opened bids recently on a paving contract with $950,000 worth of work.

The bids came in very competitive. DR Paving of Melrose bid of $840,000 was the most competitive.

The contract gives the paving company 90 days to complete the work. It will start by the end of July, the director said.

The first job will be paving Humphrey Street from the Marblehead town line to the Puritan Road and Atlantic Avenue split, Cresta said.

Salem Street will likely be paved early in the contract, he said.

The full schedule will be developed in August, he said.

Younger wants to develop a five-year paving plan that will identify roads scheduled for work, their length, the type of work to be done and the estimated cost.

This information would be posted on the town website.

Earlier, town officials were worried that the delay in the allocation of state aid for road repairs would result in a shortened paving season.

But at this point it does not appear the season will be shortened.

hammergjh July 02, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Almost every road in town needs work. This is long overdue.
Archie Bunker July 02, 2012 at 03:54 PM
It seems the part of Humphrey Street from the Marblehead line to the Puritan Road split is far from the most needy in terms of repairs. Humphrey Street from Blocksidge Field to Monument Avenue has just been completely ravaged by the placement of new utilities, this area is in far greater need of attention!
Uncle Leo July 03, 2012 at 12:48 AM
OK, time for the class warfare to begin. "How come they never pave the streets on the 'other' side of town?!?!?" Salem Street and the stretch of Humphrey Street near the Marblehead line...its perfect. Favorable treatment for the 'rich' part of town!!! Come on people, don't let this opportunity to complain about unfair treatment slip by.
Uncle Leo July 03, 2012 at 12:58 AM
"They closed our neighborhood school!" They took Jackson Park for the new HS!!" "They chopped down our trees to build a new soccer field and track!!" "They drive over to our neighborhood to speed up and down Burpee Road!!" "They won't let us park on their roads so we can go to the beach!!" "They won't let us into Whole Foods!!"
Dano July 03, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Humphrey Street from Blocksidge Field to Monument Avenue is where electrical utility work is currently taking place so it would be foolish to pave at this time. I think this is a very positive project. They Town has setup an $840,000 paving program. Mr. Cresta does not have the funding to do the whole Town at once. I disagree the town is singling out the "rich" part of Town due to the 1500 feet of water main work that was completed on Roy Street and Melvin Avenue. Let the experts plan public projects based on the facts and not emotions.


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