SPENCER – The first phase of infrastructure improvements on Valley and Mill Streets is nearly finished and the town has received a second grant to fund the second phase of the project.
The $665,000 project was grant-funded and is 99 percent complete, John J. O’Leary, principal planner from Pioneer Valley Planning Commission told Selectmen at their meeting on Monday (Oct. 30, 2023).
New water lines and stormwater drainage were components of the project with traffic control improvements and accessibility updates in the form of curb cuts and concrete ramps suitable for wheelchair use..
The project includes “roadway improvements including full depth pavement reconstruction of Valley Street with installation of granite curbing, asphalt sidewalks and asphalt driveway aprons,” according to Constructionjournal.com
The town also received a $1 million grant to complete the second phase of the project which will allow similar improvements up to Mill Street.
Sewer Commission chairman Frank White asked whether sewer lines were included or if they could be part of the project but was told the commission would have to provide funding for those lines since it was not included in the grant.
Town Administrator Jeff Bridge told white to get the prices for the work and submit it to him.
O’Leary said that the remaining items to be completed are a walk-through and punch list of items for contractors to finish up before officials sign off.