West Street Construction Information






MassDOT Construction Update

MassDOT opened bids for the West St. Reconstruction Project on Sept. 30, 2014, and the Contract was awarded to Newport Construction.  Construction is expected to begin towards the end of April, 2015. A public informational meeting will be held on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 7:00pm at the Parker Middle School auditorium.  Please see the link below for nore detailed information regarding the informational hearing.  Detours, road closures, and delays should be expected during construction.   The Engineering Division will continue to update this website before and during construction as information becomes available.


West Street Anticipated Project Milestones

The West Street project which is bid and managed by MassDOT began active construction on May 4th.


Construction hours are from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

As of Thursday July 2, 2015 the following work has occurred:

  • Trimmed and removed trees necessary for the Project.

  • Utility crews have started the relocation of utility poles.

  • The short section of Willow Street which runs between Summer Avenue and West Street, alongside the grassed island was permanently closed to all traffic.

  • The contractor installed approximately 2,100 feet of drainage on West Street from the West / Willow / Summer Avenue intersection to the West Street\King Street intersection.

  • The Contractor began installing new drainage catch basins.

    Beginning the week of July 6, 2015 the following work is expected:

    Continue installing drainage on West Street from King Street heading towards Woburn Street.

  • Continue installing drainage catch basins on West Street in the vicinity of the Summer Avenue and Arcadia Avenue.

  • Utility crews to continue transferring cables to the relocated utility poles


    The detour utilizing Summer Avenue and Woburn Street has been in effect since the start of construction. This detour will remain in effect until further notice when active construction is occurring on West Street.

    Roadway Reclamation

    During the initial phase of the reclamation process, West Street and the intersection of West Street, Willow Street and Summer Avenue West Street will be closed to all traffic. It is anticipated this will be a one day closure. During this closure the West Street detour will reroute traffic through Wilmington to Lowell Street Rte. 129. The detour should only last for one day.

    At this time the reclamation of the roadway is planned to begin during the week of July 20th.

  • Additional information will be available the week of July 13th.

Proposed Construction Phases

•Phase 1 - Longwood Road to Winslow Road/ King Street

•Phase 2 - Winslow Road/ King Street to Lewis Street/ Scotland Road

•Phase 3 - Lewis Street/ Scotland Road to Border Road

In each phase the contractor will first install new drainage which will then be followed by the reclamation of the existing roadway surface and the installation of the first layer of pavement.

The installation of new curbing, sidewalks, new traffic signals and the final surfaces of roadway pavement will then follow.

The entire project includes approximately 7,500 feet (1.4 miles) along West Street and an additional 2,500 feet (.5 mile) along the intersecting side streets for a total project length of approximately 10,000 feet (1.9 miles). The project includes upgrading and new traffic signals at West Street/Woburn Street/Wescroft Road, West Street/Willow Street/Summer Avenue, West Street/King Street/Winslow Road and Summer Avenue/Woburn Street intersections


The project is expected to take 2 years to complete and detours are anticipated throughout the project duration.

The Town will hold weekly meetings with MassDOT and their contractor Newport Construction to discuss the projects progress and the upcoming weeks planned construction.

The information received at the meeting will be placed on the Town’s web site at:




Residents who would like to be included in weekly emails regarding the project status should forward their email to:

Chris Cole at  ccole@ci.reading.ma.us


George Zambouras at  gzambouras@ci.reading.ma.us



MassDOT Construction Drawings


MWRA Water Construction Drawings


Past Public Informational Meeting Information





The project includes the West Street Corridor from the Woburn City Line to just north of its intersection with Willow Street in Reading, Massachusetts.  Improvements to the intersection of Woburn Street at Summer Avenue are also included as part of the project.  The project limits along the corridor extend approximately 7,500 feet (1.4 miles) along West Street and an additional 2,500 feet (.5 mile) along the intersecting side streets for a total project length of approximately 10,000 feet (1.9 miles).


Construction is anticipated to begin Spring 2014.  Additional information will follow shortly as it becomes available.