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massdot_highway_logoMassDOT has announced that a 600-foot section of Canal Street in Salem between Ocean Avenue and Hersey Street will be open only to “local traffic” and closed to “through” traffic for approximately 12 weeks to allow construction work to continue on a portion of the corridor.

Beginning on Tuesday, May 30, and continuing through Tuesday, July 18, traffic will be restricted between Ocean Avenue and Hersey Street.  During that time, detours will be posted allowing through traffic to travel through the corridor via Laurel Street, Hazel Street, Ocean Avenue, Linden Street, and Forest Avenue. Hersey Street will be temporarily made a two-way street to allow vehicles to access Canal Street businesses from the Linden Street detour.

In addition, from approximately Tuesday, July 18, through Tuesday, August 22, through traffic will be restricted from Hersey Street to Forest Avenue. During that time, detours will be posted allowing through traffic to travel through the corridor via Broadway and Ocean Avenue.

In anticipation of detour routes which will be used, the City of Salem is paving portions of the detour streets in the neighborhood adjacent to Canal Street. All Canal Street businesses will be open during this time period, with the exception of McDonalds, which will temporarily close in order to do building renovations.

These partial road closures and traffic impacts are necessary in order to allow crews to safely and effectively reconstruct the roadway by excavating to 30-inches below the road surface, more than twice the standard excavation depth, filling the roadway with a light concrete fill, instead of conventional fill, and then installing a stabilizing high-strength geo-tech fabric over the top of the fill. A final paving layer will then go over the geo-tech fabric.

Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should be mindful of potential delays, reduce speed, and use caution. All scheduled work is weather dependent and subject to change without notice.

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