METRO WEST DAILY NEWS – Finance Committee members Monday signed off on using about $600,000 in Chapter 90 state roadway money to offset the cost of the East Main Street reconstruction project.
The city received a $2.7 million MassWorks grant in fall 2015 to reconstruct a portion of East Main Street from Main Street to Parmenter Square, a project city officials have said is long overdue. The total cost of the project is $3.3 million.
Marlborough typically receives about $1.5 million each year in Chapter 90 funds to upgrade city roads.
The East Main Street project includes repaving the road, replacing water lines, building a new retaining wall and installing new sidewalks and bike lanes. A walkway to Spring Hill Cemetery will also be installed.
“This is an exciting project to bring much needed infrastructure improvements along the length of East Main Street,” Mayor Arthur Vigeant wrote in a letter to the City Council.
Ghiloni told Finance Committee members construction is expected to begin in April. The project will likely take about a year to complete, he said.
City officials hope overhauling that section of the road will improve the businesses in that area and attract more mixed-use developments, bringing more residents downtown.
In late 2014, city officials approved the new Marlborough Village zoning district that encourages mixed-use projects with retail space on lower floors and housing on upper floors. The zoning changes eases requirements on parking and building dimensions for developers, who in turn have to comply with more stringent design standards.
The city has also received MassWorks grant funding to overhaul Simarano Drive and reconstruct a section of Rte. 20 near the new Apex Center. The $1.6 million grant the city received for Simarano Drive paid for repaving and widening a section of the road and adding sidewalks, bike lanes and traffic signals. That work was completed last year.
A $3 million MassWorks grant awarded to the city in November will pay for work to improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety along Rte. 20. The work will include new sidewalks, crosswalks, turning lanes, signals and signs that will improve pedestrian access to the Apex Center, which will include hotels, restaurants and an entertainment center, and the RK Plaza. Construction is expected to begin sometime this year.
This article by Jeff Malachowski originally appeared here.