Projects Underway to Spruce Up the Center of Tyngsboro
TYNGSBORO -- There’s a lot of work left to improve the town center and part of it is actively underway.
Crews have begun working on the renovation of the First Parish Meeting House along Middlesex Road, part of a larger interior restoration project.
The town administration is also preparing to seek bids for what will be mostly a road construction project around Kendall and Winslow Roads as a way to further enhance Town Center. The area has been a high priority for officials in recent years.
Town Administrator Matt Hanson last week said the demolition of the First Parish Meeting House’s basement is now complete.
“They still have some minor demolition for some ceilings that needed to come down, removing some water damage and things like that,” Hanson said. “In the next few weeks they’ll be ready to start putting the building back together. They’ve already started installing some of the new plumbing in the basement, some of the work underneath the foundation.”
The work on the iconic building is being done by Integrated Facilities Construction Corporation. Assistant Town Administrator Justin Sultzbach said the company was the low bidder at $2.26 million.
“With a project of this size it’s always safe to assume there will be some fluctuation in cost as the project moves on,” Sultzbach said. “We’re working hard with the engineers, contractor, and boards and committees to identify some cost savings that will allow us to stay as close to that figure as possible.”
The town last year received a $396,631 grant as part of the MassDOT Complete Streets Funding Program to further enhance Town Center. Officials earlier this week prepared to release bids for the job. The bids will be due in two weeks, according to Hanson.
“The whole project is from the fire station down to the center of town and then all of Winslow Road,” Hanson said.
Improvements to the area will include new paving, sidewalks, crosswalks and rapid flashing beacons to slow down traffic.
“There’s going to be a huge visual impact in the Town Center,” Sultzbach said. “I think the people of Tyngsboro have been waiting a long time for this and they’re finally starting to see it, so that’s exciting.”