Wellesley Ave at Great Plain Ave Reconstruction Project

October 2, 2020 Update:

Nighttime paving for Great Plain Ave/Wellesley Ave is scheduled to begin on Monday night, October 5th at 7:30 PM and is expected to be completed by approximately 5 AM weather permitting.  The work will take place from Rice Street up to Brook Street including the rotary, in addition to 100 feet of Seaver Street and 300 feet of Wellesley Ave east of the rotary. 

Traffic will be detoured and police detail officers will be present on site to assist with traffic control however, traffic delays are expected. It is strongly recommended to seek alternate routes if traveling through the project work area during these hours. 

Please note, approximately 4-5 nights will be required to complete the finish paving for this project.  The dates for these nights are still pending and will be posted on the website once confirmed. 

September 25,2020 Update:

Roadway surface pavement milling (cold planning) Great Plain Ave/Wellesley Ave will begin on Sunday night, September 27th at 8 PM. The work will take place from Rice Street up to Brook Street including the rotary, in addition to 100 feet of Seaver Street and 300 feet of Wellesley Ave east of the rotary.  The work is expected to be completed the next morning at approximately 5 AM. 

Traffic will be detoured and police detail officers will be present on site to assist with traffic control however, traffic delays are expected. It is strongly recommended to seek alternate routes if traveling through the project work area during these hours. 

September 2020 Update: 

Work accomplished on the project to date includes the removal of existing traffic island areas and installation of the storm drainage system.  Scheduled project work for the next two weeks, starting on Monday September 21, 2020, includes: 

  • Beginning of the road lane realignment
  • Installation and relocation of utility conduits
  • Curbing removal and curbing installation to accommodate sidewalks and bike lanes 

Police details will continue to be on site to assist with traffic control through the project work area. 

August 14, 2020 Update

Scheduled project work starting on Monday August 17, 2020 includes: removal of the existing traffic island areas in the Wellesley Avenue and Great Plain Avenue rotary area, excavation of test pits and installation of the stormwater drainage system.  Police details will be on site to assist with traffic control through the project work site area.

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Re-imagine a new Great Plain Avenue rotary in Wellesley. 

Reconstruction on the Wellesley Avenue at Great Plain Avenue rotary reconstruction project began in late July 2020. Work on the roadway also includes the Rice Street intersection to Brook Street intersection, and Brook Street to the Fuller Brook Road intersection. The project is expected to be completed in January 2021.

A number of proposed improvements are included in the project which will realign Wellesley Avenue, Seaver Street and the Great Plain Avenue rotary.

Granite curbing will be installed, along with hot mix asphalt sidewalks, cement concrete wheelchair ramps to meet current ADA standards, modifications to the roadway drainage system, cross walks, and new signs. The roadway improvements also include pavement milling and overlay, new pavement markings, bicycle lanes, and a street lights within the rotary area.  

A new sidewalk will be installed along Great Plain Avenue and Brook Street.

The work is being accomplished by J.H. Lynch & Sons, Inc. and their subcontractors, under the direction of the Town of Wellesley Department of Public Works.   

The work will take place Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Police details will be onsite during the project to minimize impacts to traffic and other roadway functions. Two lane traffic will be maintained throughout the majority of the project, although, there may be lane shifts to provide ample construction area for the contractor to perform the work. Drivers should use alternative routes during the construction hours.

The Department of Public Works will provide periodic updates to this project. Interested residents and those impacted by this project are encouraged to to sign up to receive Public Works Project Updates via email at www.wellesleyma.gov/list.aspx. 

To subscribe, enter your email address, then go to News Flash and choose Wellesley Avenue at Great Plain Avenue Roadway Reconstruction Project. You are also encouraged to register for emergency alerts and traffic updates (email / text message) from the Wellesley Police Department at www.wellesleypolice.com.

The DPW hopes to minimize the disruption of normal routines as much as possible. To learn more about this project or ask questions, please contact the DPW Engineering Division at 781-235-7600.