Nearly two months after it was closed for a utility-replacement project, Massachusetts Street will be open to north-south traffic across Ninth Street today.
City manager Mike Wildgen said fences and barricades are set to come down sometime today, although it is uncertain when, allowing traffic to move across Ninth Street for the first time since early July.
Ninth Street, meanwhile, is expected to remain closed between Vermont and New Hampshire for at least another week while crews finish repairing that street.
Wildgen said it will take crews a few more days to finish filling in trenches along Ninth Street and getting it ready for resurfacing.
Crews are scheduled to start "milling" the street -- removing old asphalt and getting it ready for a new surface -- on Monday. The resurfacing will take place Tuesday night.
The utility replacement project began in June with the replacement of storm drainage pipes from Memorial Stadium to Ninth Street, and along Ninth east through downtown toward Connecticut.
The downtown segment between Vermont and New Hampshire also involved replacement of old water and sanitary sewer lines that were installed in the early part of the century.
The storm drain replacement project has already moved east, and crews are now working between New Hampshire and Connecticut. The next phase will involve replacing stormwater lines beneath Connecticut between Eighth and 13th streets.
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