Work on Amherst path, roads continues next week


Staff Writer
Published: 10/20/2019 11:02:08 PM

AMHERST — Construction on a new multiuse path along East Hadley Road and roadwork in the Amherst Woods section of town will continue Monday. 

Taylor Davis Landscape Co. of Amherst will begin the second half of building the new 6- to 8-foot-wide path that will extend along the road from Riverglade Drive to South Pleasant Street. 

The work involves the removal of an existing sidewalk and eventual replacement of bus stops on the road. This project will continue through the month of October and until weather is not conducive to work.

Town officials see the multiuse path as a way to encourage families living on East Hadley Road, including the large apartment complexes, to more easily get to Groff Park, where a new playground and the town’s first spray park are under construction.

At the same time, crews from Warner Brothers in Sunderland will be completing road projects in Amherst Woods on Monday and the following days between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. The work will include installation of an asphalt berm on Wildflower Drive that will continue Tuesday, with paving a top coat of asphalt on Alyssum Drive, Indian Pipe Lane, Foxglove Lane and Trillium Way on  Wednesday. A top course will be paved on Wildflower Drive, which will be closed to through traffic, on Thursday.

With the focus on Amherst Woods, Town Manager Paul Bockelman said this week that three resurfacing projects that must be complete by June 30 are likely to be pushed back to next spring.

Those projects, for which Warner Brothers submitted a bid of just under $2 million, include Henry Street in Cushman, Pelham Road to the Pelham line and South East Street from the common to Bay Road.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at

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