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Northampton to repave portion of Kennedy Road in Leeds, motorists should expect delays

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Kennedy Road in Northampton will be reduced to single-lane traffic for weeks while work is done to repair the pothole-ridden street. On the map, the red line shows Kennedy Road, which DPW officials are asking drivers to avoid to minimize traffic, and the green lines denote two alternate routes: Audubon and Reservoir roads.

GOOGLE MAPS Kennedy Road in Northampton will be reduced to single-lane traffic for weeks while work is done to repair the pothole-ridden street. On the map, the red line shows Kennedy Road, which DPW officials are asking drivers to avoid to minimize traffic, and the green lines denote two alternate routes: Audubon and Reservoir roads.

The $700,000 project calls for work on a 1.6-mile section of Kennedy Road from its intersection with Chesterfield Road to the Williamsburg town line. A small section of Audubon Road near Williamsburg will also be repaved.

“The road is in horrific shape,” said Edward S. Huntley, director of the Department of Public Works. “We’ve had a number of pothole claims this year that took out people’s tires and rims.”

The project, expected to last until the end of November, is being paid for through state Chapter 90 funds.

The contractor will keep one open lane during construction. Delays for through traffic may occur, and the DPW is advising motorists to seek alternate routes along Audubon, River and Reservoir roads to avoid construction delays. The contractor will maintain driveway access for residents as needed.

It’s been about 16 years since the last time the roadwork took place on this strecth of road, Huntley said.

Aside from the reconstruction of North Street, the Kennedy Road project is the city’s largest of the year, though another visible project that involved replacing a water main at a busy downtown Florence intersection is nearly complete, Huntley said.

That nearly $184,700 project began a few weeks ago and required crews to dig up a large portion of the intersection at Chestnut and Main streets, reducing Main Street to one lane.

Huntley said a recent assessment of the city’s water system called for the city to replace an undersized water main with a larger one, primarily for better fire flow. Crews installed an 8-inch pipe on Chestnut Street between Main and High streets, as well as new connections for property owners along that stretch.

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