Work on Busy Leominster Roadway Set to Begin in 2020

November 29, 2017 GMT

LEOMINSTER - State officials are expecting work on a project reconstructing a half-mile stretch of Route 13 to begin in spring of 2020.

The project, which was presented to the public in a forum hosted by the state Department of Transportation Tuesday evening, would cover .4 miles of Main Street from its intersection with Prospect Street to its intersection with Haws Street and will continue on Haws Street for another .1 miles.

Encompassing six intersections, including on and off ramps for westbound and eastbound highway traffic on Route 2, this section of Route 13 is one of Leominster’s most heavily traveled roadways. It also covers the nearest main roadway leading to North Leominster’s MBTA Commuter Rail station and bridges that cross Route 2 and the Nashua River.

“We recognize that road and bridge construction can create inconveniences for the public. MassDOT places a great deal of emphasis on minimizing the temporary disruptive effects of construction,” project Chief Engineer Patricia Leavenworth said in a recent statement.

The state Department of Transportation expects the project to last approximately 18 to 24 months. It has an estimated cost of $5.5 million.

The project will include the affected section of Route 13 receiving road widening. A new general purpose northbound through lane from River Street to Prospect Street on Main Street will be added, as well as a general purpose southbound through lane from Prospect Street to Route 2′s westbound ramps on Mead Street.

A new traffic signal will also be installed at the intersection of Mead Street and Main Street.

Additional lane reconfigurations will take place at each of the remaining intersections covered by the project.

According to a statement from the Department of Transportation, the project was necessitated by a longstanding concern for safe and efficient travel along Route 13 in the area of Route 2 and is intended to accommodate the increase in traffic the area now experiences.

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