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Detours in place on Lincoln Avenue in Amherst

  • A mural is unveiled as part of the public art project "The Art of Farming" at the Hatfield Fall Festival Sunday. The murals are painted by Smith Academy students of art teacher Julie Muellejans and celebrate the agricultural heritage of Hatfield.<br/>JOSH KUCKENS

    A mural is unveiled as part of the public art project "The Art of Farming" at the Hatfield Fall Festival Sunday. The murals are painted by Smith Academy students of art teacher Julie Muellejans and celebrate the agricultural heritage of Hatfield.
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  • Helena Rau, 9 of Hatfield Brownies Girl Scouts troop #4007 enjoys the bumpy hay ride at the Hatfield Fall Festival Sunday.<br/>JOSH KUCKENS

    Helena Rau, 9 of Hatfield Brownies Girl Scouts troop #4007 enjoys the bumpy hay ride at the Hatfield Fall Festival Sunday.
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  • A mural is unveiled as part of the public art project "The Art of Farming" at the Hatfield Fall Festival Sunday. The murals are painted by Smith Academy students of art teacher Julie Muellejans and celebrate the agricultural heritage of Hatfield.<br/>JOSH KUCKENS
  • Helena Rau, 9 of Hatfield Brownies Girl Scouts troop #4007 enjoys the bumpy hay ride at the Hatfield Fall Festival Sunday.<br/>JOSH KUCKENS

The work will prevent through traffic from using the popular shortcut to the University of Massachusetts most mornings.

Town engineer Jason Skeels said Friday that Department of Public Works crews will start the work at the intersection of Lincoln and Cosby avenues, before extending south to 145 Lincoln Ave.

During the first phase, vehicles heading northbound from Amity Street will be required to turn onto McClellan Street.

Delays are expected at times. Only local traffic will be permitted into the construction area, though driveways may occasionally be blocked.

As part of the work, the town is also replacing the sewer connections to the homes.

The length of time to complete the project is uncertain, Skeels said, and is dependent on dry weather.

But if it does take the estimated three months, plans to mill the surface of the road from Amity Street to Fearing Street, eliminating what Town Manager John Musante has called a moonscape of potholes, and adding a base coat of pavement, may not happen this construction season.

Skeels said the DPW is keeping the miller “on the table” in case the work is done more quickly.

The town still plans to resurface the road and install speed humps to slow down traffic, but that project will wait until 2013.

All construction will take place weekdays between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., with the road reopening at the end of each day.

Meanwhile, resurfacing of Sunderland Road is also expected to begin next week.

Skeels said this project, which uses what is called “hot-in-place” asphalt recycling, should be done in two to three days.

For more information, contact the DPW at 259-3050 or send email to skeelsj@amherstma.gov.

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