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Year in Review: Feeding Hills Road project

SOUTHWICK –  The $3.97 million Feeding Hills Road project that is being paid for and overseen by Mass DOT, kicked off in March 2017.

The project consisted of three parts. The first part included widening the roads and installing left-handed turning lanes on Feeding Hills Road at Powder Mill Road, Rebecca Lobo Drive, Hudson Drive, and North Longyard Road.

Baltazar Construction is seen paving the intersection of Feeding Hills Road and Hudson Drive in late August. (WNG File Photo)

The second aspect were the drainage improvements along Feeding Hills Road from Powder Mill Road to Hudson Drive with additional storm water management on the North Longyard section.

The final part of the project was new sidewalks and bike lanes along Feeding Hills Road from Powder Mill Road to Hudson Drive.

According to Southwick DPW Director Randy Brown back in March, this road improvement project had been talked about for almost seven years.

“It’s a long time coming,” said Brown. “I’m looking forward to getting it under way and getting it completed.”

A few months later, in June, the contractor finished most of the utility work and they were focusing on reconstructing the road and sidewalks.

In late August, the paving on Feeding Hills Road was close to completion. (WNG File Photo)

Then, as school got underway in early September, the first base layer was laid onto Feeding Hills Road and paving started at the intersection of Feeding Hills Road and Hudson Drive.

Construction of sidewalks, some re-grading, and turn signal set up followed. Brown said that he expects work to continue until heavy snow hits as the contract is up by the end of December.

As of last week, Brown noted that all of the traffic signals are fully operating and the entire project is close to completion with just a few minor things that need to be wrapped.

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