Swampscott residents hear state’s proposal for Vinnin Square roadway project

SWAMPSCOTT — A handful of residents attended a meeting at Town Hall Thursday night to hear a proposal from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation regarding their roadway project for Vinnin Square.

The construction project, estimated at $1.5 million in costs, will include safety enhancements for the intersection at Paradise Road (Route 1A) and the Swampscott Mall, MassDOT spokesman Patrick Marvin told the Item last week. Attendees expressed concerns over how wide the road would be during construction while others raised concerns over what the width would be after construction.

Upon completion, expected improvements will include the construction of traffic signals, reworking traffic sign and pavement markings, minor geometric improvements, and the reconstruction of sidewalk and wheelchair ramps.

Attendees told MassDOT representatives to be mindful on the timing of intersection’s proposed traffic signals.

Funded through the 2021 Transportation Improvement Program of the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization, the roadwork is expected to begin work in the winter of 2020 or 2021. The work schedule will depend on numerous factors including project design, traffic management plans, work zone access and the progress of operations, he said.

The road work will begin at the intersection at the mall lights and go farther toward the Salem end of Paradise Road. 


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