Provincetown Police Update Public on Commercial Street Construction

PHOTO COURTESY: Provincetown Police

PHOTO COURTESY: Provincetown Police

Message from Provincetown Police Regarding Commercial Street Construction

Commercial Street Phase III Construction Update

As of this writing, the new water main has been installed on Commercial St. to Johnson St. Crews have not connected to the existing water main in this area as they are waiting for the results of mandated water sampling. Once the new main is pressure tested and chlorinated, this section of the new main will be put into service.

The new water main between Howland St. and Kiley Ct. has been tested and chlorinated and as of 11/3/16 all services between Howland St. and Kiley Ct. are tied into the new water main and the old water main is now out of service.

Starting next week, Robert B Our (RBO) crews will start to change water services to the tested and accepted sections of the new water main west of Kiley Ct. While working on water service, owners will be without water for 15-30 minutes while the new connections are made. When crews are in front of your property, it is likely that your service is being changed and you will experience a short interruption of your water service.

As the new water main is in service between Howland St and Kiley Ct, the drainage phase of the work will start in this area. If you have been in the area, you will notice that new granite curbing is in place between Howland St and Bangs St. If the curbing is along the frontage of your property, you will no longer have access to your driveway from Commercial Street until the sidewalk reconstruction is complete. Once the curbing is installed, the sidewalk areas will be backfilled and compacted and a layer of concrete will be placed that will serve as the base for the new brick sidewalks.

After the concrete base for the sidewalk is placed, roadway excavation will start and the 18” layer of material removed from the roadway will be replaced with an 18” layer of graded drainage stone. The drainage stone will be compacted and serve as the base for the porous pavement, which will be placed shortly thereafter. During this time, there will be no vehicular access to Commercial Street in the excavated area. When granite curbing is placed along the front of your property, vehicles will be restricted from the area shortly thereafter and other arrangements for your vehicles will need to be made. The vehicle restriction will include weekends.

Roadway excavation will start on Monday, November 7, 2016 at Howland St. As the Howland St/Commercial St. intersection are to be paved with the porous pavement, there will be no vehicular access starting at this intersection through Bangs St. This restriction will be extended to Kiley Ct. later in the week as the curbing work progresses. Drivers using the east end of Commercial St. will need to exit Commercial St. before Howland St. The restriction to vehicle access between Howland St. and Kiley Ct. will continue through at least November 18, 2016.

After the porous pavement is installed, a restriction to vehicle access is imperative for the proper curing of the material. The roadway can be opened to traffic 30 hours after the material is placed.

Please note that pedestrian access through this area will be available along the concrete sidewalk base. The concrete will not be a smooth surface typical of finished concrete sidewalks, so care will need to be exercised while walking through this area. Although the roadway will be closed to vehicles, pedestrian access will be available along a rough surfaced sidewalk.

As mentioned above, water service and drainage crews will continue in a westerly direction from Kiley Ct starting on Monday, November 7, 2016 and curbing work will follow shortly thereafter. When curbing is placed along the front of your property, it is time to seek alternate arrangements for your vehicle if you have a driveway along Commercial St.

At the present time, the schedule is to have the entire work zone paved with one layer of porous asphalt by the middle of December.

This is fairly aggressive time schedule and we are hoping the good weather continues.

The work sequence described above will be similar for the second section – Kiley Ct. to Johnson St.

We will keep you informed of the schedule.

Roadway construction is a disruptive activity and we appreciate everyone’s cooperation while this work is being completed.

Information courtesy Provincetown Police

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