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Bridge Street Project Finishing Up

Final paving starts Thursday.

Final paving on Bridge Street will begin Thursday night, City Planner Lynn Duncan told the Salem News.

Paving will continue next week and work should be done by early July, the outlet reported.

Salem Patch has fielded countless questions from residents concerned about the future of the street, which has been under construction for 

In addition concerns about the street itself, residents on adjoining streets have dealt with .

 How to you feel about the announcement the work is supposed to be finishing up?

Bill May 31, 2012 at 01:32 PM
It is hard to wrap ones mind about how much time, effort and public money has gone into a project which is essentially just repaving and new curbs and sidewalks. Nothing significant has changed. My commute has been effected for what feels like three years, but I can't fathom what it must have been like to own a business or live there. A prime example of the lack of accountability of government. Great buildings, bridges and dams have been built in less time than this glorified repaving job. Can the Patch get an accounting of the amount of taxpayer money has been spent on Police details for this project. I'd guess the number would be eye opening.
Michael May 31, 2012 at 01:47 PM
I feel very relieved that we are almost at the end of it but it does concern me the amount of time it took to complete this. Lately, driving on this road for me feels like driving through a minefield, swerving left and right trying to avoid the manholes and drains that are slightly elevated due to this whole repaving project. There needs to be better efficiency and time management with these kind of projects.
Chris May 31, 2012 at 02:10 PM
I can't imagine the number of Police that must be working details on any given day in Salem with Bridge St, the big dig on Beckett St, and then numerous other small projects going on. A detail officer seemed shocked when I stopped the other day and asked that they do something about 2 cars parked illegally that were blocking traffic, and the cars were right across from the Police officer.
Susan Major May 31, 2012 at 02:31 PM
"Great buildings, bridges and dams have been built in less time than this glorified repaving job." Well said. I live smack in the middle of it and I'm still astonished at the absurdities I've seen and had to live with for years. I had a good laugh with the detail officer the other morning when he said: "But it will be so great when it's finished." He followed quickly with: "Isn't that what they've been saying for what...three years now?"
Jared Robinson May 31, 2012 at 11:56 PM
god, when you put it like that 'just repaving and sidewalks' it sounds like an eternity. However, there was a LOT more stuff going on under the street too... but there was at LEAST a years worth of nothing being done due to miscommunication between the city and the state.
Wellington West June 01, 2012 at 02:25 AM
I would be thrilled to see just one of the Beckett street cops take fifteen minutes to ticket the 50% of cars parked on residential only streets in the neighborhood without permits.
Chris June 01, 2012 at 12:25 PM
The officer I talked about above was working Beckett St, they had no interest in the cars that were parked illegally. I haven't seen anyone checking permits since Bill Legault stopped working for the City, he would come down Essex as far as Webb St checking for illegally parked cars, and he'd check every cross street between Essex and Derby.
Jared Robinson June 13, 2012 at 02:46 PM
added some photos of the project 2/3rds done last 1/3 to be done tomorrow between Webb and Howard St


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