Islington Street Corridor Reconstruction Project

Upcoming Work -- Week of September 20, 2021

West of Bartlett Street

  • No work anticipated in this area

East Side - Albany Street to Dover Street

  • Concrete sidewalk installation
  • Possible brick strip work

Columbia Street Area

  • Sewer main installation on Columbia Court
  • Drainage service installation

Water Service Interruptions

No anticipated water disruptions this week. Owners/Residents will be notified 72 hours in advance of any scheduled water main shutdowns.

Work area week of 9/20

Traffic Patterns

Two-way traffic, nights and weekends. Single-lane for work during weekdays.

Islington Street Detour 2021

Project Description

The project area for Phase 1A of construction included Islington Street from the Route 1 Bypass to Dover Street.
phase 1B covers Dover Street to Albany Street, including Columbia Street and Columbia Court.

Work on the Corridor Project includes replacement of underground utilities (water sewer drain), roadway reconstruction, curbing and sidewalk installations, and landscaping improvements (ornamental lighting, street trees, benches, etc.). The work proceeds in discrete sections in order to limit the impact to residents and businesses; and will be a large step in the revitalization of the West End neighborhood. The goal of this project is to create a "complete street" and will include improvements to the streetscape, traffic signals, utilities, bicycle/pedestrian facilities, transit and vehicular roadway.

The design incorporates the recommendations of several planning studies such as the 2009 Islington Street Improvement Action Plan, 2014 Bicycle/Pedestrian Plan and the "character-based" zoning public charrette. Utility design includes the design of drinking water, sanitary sewer and storm drainage improvements, as well as utility coordination and design for natural gas, communications and electrical relocations of infrastructure. The design effort also includes improvements to parking and vehicular/pedestrian uses to determine proper lane widths, sidewalk widths, intersection designs and roadbed and pavement types and thicknesses.

Comments regarding construction can be sent to David J Desfosses, Project Manager (see contact details below).

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Current Activity


Winter 2021

During the winter shut down, Underwood Engineering and Severino Construction are completing the necessary gathering of utility and ledge profile information that will be necessary for the final portion of this contract. 

In the spring, the area from Albany St to Dover St will start the construction process.  Also included is the Columbia St area.

The reconstruction of this final area is expected to take most of the construction season and is expected to be completed in October.

Construction is expected to start up again in early April.

Water Service Interruptions

No anticipated water service disruptions this week. Owners will be notified 72 hours in advance of any scheduled water service interruptions.

Traffic Patterns

Traffic pattern restored to normal two-way traffic through Bartlett Street intersection with flaggers utilized as necessary for remaining activities.

Work Zones


General Notes

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dave Desfosses, Project Manager at 766-1411.

Construction Detours


There is currently no construction detour.



Project Schedule


The following table lists public meetings and project milestones. If a specific date is not listed, the anticipated timeframe is indicated and the table will be updated as the project progresses.

November 2015 Initial Public Information Meeting
  Presentation Slide Show
  Presentation Video
October 2016 Presentation Slide Show
  Presentation Video
March 2017 Roadway borings
2017 Finalized preliminary design
2018 Final design, bidding and award of contract
February 20, 2019 Public Meeting to review next phase of project
April 25, 2019 Preconstruction meeting for the public
May 2019 Start of Phase 1A construction - spanning Bartlett Street to the Route 1 Bypass
Fall 2020 Anticipated completion of Phase 1A construction


Project Scope

Islington Street Project


2019 Public Meetings

Staff Contact