Masonic Street parking lot reopens in Northampton

  • The Masonic Street parking lot in Northampton, seen in an undated file photo. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

Staff Writer
Published: 8/31/2021 1:36:38 PM

NORTHAMPTON — The Masonic Street parking lot is back open, more than three months after crews began working to repair an underground sewer pipe that had deteriorated.

The 53-space lot was closed in May, around the time businesses started fully reopening again after more than a year of pandemic-related restrictions.

Crews with Jack Goncalves & Sons, Inc., repaired the sewer line — first built in 1894 — that passes through the lot and Amber Lane, which is used by many Main Street businesses and residents. The work also upgraded the water main to allow for enhanced fire flows and future fire sprinkler connections.

Eversource has installed a new gas line in the alleyway behind 219 to 241 Main St., and temporary pavement is in place. Permanent pavement will be installed in the coming months.

The city asks drivers not to park adjacent to the equipment, such as Dumpsters and portable toilets, that is still in the lot temporarily. Some minor work will be completed on an undetermined schedule, which will force crews to block off a few parking spaces at a time, according to city officials.

Another downtown lot, the 175-space Round House lot off Old South Street, closed in July for a repaving and expansion project that is expected to take until the early fall.

Brian Steele can be reached at bsteele@gazettenet.com.


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