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Amherst’s Strong Street to be closed Saturday for paving

Police officers will be at both the East Pleasant Street and North East Street ends of the road during the day to assist with detours.

While residents will be able to access their homes, construction equipment may periodically block driveway access.

The road work is part of a $1 million bond approved by Town Meeting last fall that has also allowed the town to hire Warner Brothers Inc. of Sunderland to rebuild Triangle Street.

Town Manager John Musante said he expects Triangle Street to be greatly improved for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists, pointing to a portion of the sidewalk near Amherst Regional High School that is no longer raised above the road.

Musante expects the Department of Public Works to begin two additional projects this construction season. One involves repairs to Sunderland Road, which was resurfaced last year using recycled pavement — a process that was later determined not to work on a road that was in serious disrepair.

The other project is Pine Street, where $2 million will be used to upgrade the water and sewer lines.

“We’re hoping to start the water and sewer work this fall,” Musate said.

The DPW is also nearing completion of resurfacing Lincoln Avenue and has plans to install speed humps on both Dana Street and Blue Hills Road.

For more information about the road projects, contact the DPW office at 259-3050 or marshalle@amherstma.gov.

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