TRAFFIC ALERT: Route 9 Road Work To Natick Line To Start Week of April 6

FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham Department of Public Works announced road construction will resume on Route 9 to the Natick line starting the week of April 6.

Massachusetts Department of Transportation has approved temporary daytime work hours for this project, due to the pandemic.

Work was done overnight on a different phase of the project last construction season in 2019. There was a winter moratorium from November 15 through April 1, 2020, on this project.

Work will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. eastbound on Route 9 starting at about 150 Worcester Road to the Natick Line the week of April 6. During the week contractors will begin installing temporary water bypass systems.

There may be right lane closures during the project, but the contractor has been asked to keep the right lane open as much as possible.

The scope of work of Phase I of this project consists of replacement and installation of approximately 4,400 linear feet of new 8-inch to 12-inch water main and appurtenances and approximately 1,900 linear feet of new sewers ranging in size from 8-inch to 12-inch diameter with associated manholes and structures. 

This project is part of a three-phase project to upgrade and improve the reliability of water and sewer infrastructure on Worcester Road between Concord Street and the Natick town line.

This project is needed because most of the existing infrastructure is between 50 and 100 years old, and the service area includes major portions of Framingham’s retail businesses and large apartment complexes, where emergency repairs and the disruption of service and traffic would be very costly and affect the quality of the lives of many during outages.

The main goals of this project are as follows: 

  • Rehabilitate or replace aged infrastructure using new materials and current methods of construction
  • Increase pipe diameters to meet current minimum standards or to accommodate anticipated future needs
  • Realign pipe within roadway or just off the road on private property to more favorable locations for operations and maintenance access (if/where applicable)

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Photos courtesy of Framingham DPW

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