Rte. 228 project set to begin Sept. 20; allow extra travel time

September 14, 2021 by Carol Britton Meyer

The Town of Hingham Engineering Department will begin repaving and/or reconstructing the entire length or sections of a number of roadways from Hingham Centre to Hull Street starting Sept. 20 during a major Rte. 228 project.

The work is expected to take 10 construction days over a three-week period, with a targeted completion date of Oct. 8 -- depending on weather conditions. Residents and other motorists are advised to allow extra travel time or to seek alternate routes.

"Motorists will experience delays during this time," Town Engineer J.R. Frey said. "Traffic detours will be active while the work is occurring."

On certain days, work on East Street between Hull Street and Rte. 3A may begin as early as 7 a.m. Traffic will be managed by detail officers within the construction area. If necessary due to the extent of work, or volume of traffic, this section of the roadway may be closed to one or both directions of travel for periods of time in order to maintain safe travel and a safe work zone, according to Frey.

The work areas include:
* Short Street -- School Street to Leavitt Street
* Leavitt Street -- Short Street to East Street and Leavitt Street to Weir River Bridge
* East Street -- Rte. 3A to Hull Street/MBTA crossing.

Motorists will experience travel delays during this time and may not have vehicular access to/from their property while the work is in progress. On‐street parking will not be allowed from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the days contractors are working in a particular neighborhood.

"We request that residents be mindful that the asphalt exceeds 300 degrees F when placed," Town Engineer J.R. Frey said. "We will do our best to accommodate residents' access needs and maintain a safe route of travel throughout construction."

Vehicles that interfere with this project will be removed, according to Frey. "Personal and contractor vehicles should be kept off the roadway."

Frey noted that the Town of Hingham and its contractors are not responsible for the replacement or readjustment of materials such of cobblestones, bricks, landscape borders, cement structures, private underground utilities (i.e. electric, irrigation, etc.), or other objects that have been placed within the town layout without permission.

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Residents with questions about the project may call the DPW (781) 741‐1430.

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