Atlantic Avenue drainage, utility work in progress; sidewalks and paving planned for 2023 — The Hull Times

By Carol Britton Meyer

Work on the long-awaited and highly anticipated approximately $8 million Atlantic Avenue 1.3-mile rehabilitation project, involving the complete reconstruction of Atlantic Avenue from Nantasket Avenue to the city line of Cohasset, are on the right track.

In an update this week, City Manager Philip Lemnios told the Hull Times that until November the contractor, PA Landers, will complete work on all drainage structures. This work began in April.

The Hull Municipal Lighting Plant contractor has completed the necessary relocations of the utility poles along Atlantic Avenue and is now installing the overhead wires on the new utility poles.

“The Gunrock Beach retaining wall was recently substantially completed, including new beach access stairs,” Lemnios said. “Next spring, the pavement will be ground down to a gravel base and the installation of new surface and sidewalks will be largely completed during the period April 2023 to November 2023, the final elements of the ‘list of points’ to be completed in the spring of 2024.”

Regarding addressing paving and pavement reconstruction needs in other parts of Hull, Lemnios said the city expects to “review design services for Samoset and Manomet in the spring of 2023” to help solve problems on these low roads. Regular updates on road paving – including recent projects on Park Avenue and Bay Street – are available via a link on the homepage of the city’s website, www.town.hull.ma.us .

On Atlantic Avenue, more recently, portions of the new underground stormwater drainage system between Gunrock and Montana Avenues have been installed, as well as between Summit Avenue and the Cohasset municipal line.

Over the next two weeks, work on the underground drainage system will continue between 103 and 123 Atlantic Avenue. Crews will also be working on drainage in the Summit Avenue intersection area.

HMLP will continue to work on power transfer to the new wires. Most residents and businesses on Atlantic Avenue between Nantasket and Gunrock Avenues will be contacted by the lighting factory to coordinate brief power outages required to complete the transfer.

Through traffic will be diverted between School Street and Jerusalem Road during daylight hours for the foreseeable future, with one lane open to the Atlantic to accommodate local traffic.

Pedestrians, cyclists and emergency vehicles will continue to be able to circulate in the construction zone, with access to residences, businesses and the town hall being maintained during this period. The trenches will be restored with asphalt patching at the end of each week.

Residents and visitors are advised to move around the construction area with caution and noise disturbance may occur between working hours of 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

As a backdrop, the City of Hull, in partnership with the Highways Division of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, is working to achieve the overall goals of improving pedestrian safety, access and drainage, bicycles and vehicles along Atlantic Avenue.

The project includes rebuilding sidewalks and installing bike lanes, paving, replacing railings, bringing the street into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, improving drainage and improving side street intersections.

Construction is being paid for with state and federal dollars, with the city responsible for costs associated with the design, environmental permits, and acquisition of the project’s right-of-way.

For more information, click here (the link is also visible from the homepage of the city).

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