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.


West Street Detour Plan 8/12 to 8/13


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


As of Thursday August 27, 2015 the following work has occurred:

  • Trimmed and removed trees necessary for the Project.

  • Utility crews have relocated utility poles and are in the process of transferring cables.

  • 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 4,600 feet of drainage on West Street from the West / Willow / Summer Avenue intersection to Woburn Street.

  • The contractor installed approximately 200 feet of drainage on Howard Street, up to the West Street intersection.

  • The Contractor has installed new catch basins along the new drainage system.

  • Reclaimed roadway surface from Longwood Road to King Street.

  • Installed first course of pavement (Longwood Road to King Street).

  • Began installing granite curbing and concrete sidewalks on West Street in the vicinity of Arcadia Avenue


Beginning the week of August 31, 2015 the following work is anticipated:

  • Continue installing drainage on West Street, between Howard Street and Countryside Lane.

  • The drainage installation will require a shut down of the water main on West Street between Howard Street and Prescott Street.  It is anticipated that this shut down will occur on Tuesday September 1st . Residences on West Street in the affected area will receive additional information prior to the temporary water shut down.

  • Continue utility pole line transfer throughout the work corridor.

  • The contractor will continue to install catch basins on West Street between King Street and Woburn Street.




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 north of Woburn Street.

Additional detours for the drainage work occuring on West Street between Howard St. and Countryside Lane will utilize adjacent side streets and will be in effect for the duration of this work.  The detours used for this work will vary based on the location of the drainage work occuring that day.


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.