Stacy Boulevard construction update. Gloucester DPW is impressive

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The big infrastructure work along the western side of the Boulevard is 80% complete

and on track to meet its October 1st heavy construction milestone. The finish line –opening to the public– will come soon after. Seasons of activity have continued these past 15 months with little disruption.

The eastern end of the Boulevard was refurbished after the Blizzard of 1978.  The current project encompasses the western side and chugged forward once the green light cleared in May of 2015. (The planning and quest for funding began years before, as in 1999) This is huge! It’s Gloucester harbor and one of the world’s beautiful promenades.

So what’s been happening? Mike Hale said that the seawall has been restored; the sidewalks are being reconstructed; a low stone wall removed and rebuilt; railing test pieces installed; light bases installed for new lights (there weren’t any lights before); and more. Landscape features and framing are on the plans to be built out next month. The island side of Blynman will come next. 

This project isn’t the only game in town for this department. DPW manages to keep all the balls in the air. They are impressive!

 

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8 thoughts on “Stacy Boulevard construction update. Gloucester DPW is impressive

  1. Over the years the water took it’s toll when water came up and the storms were showing their strength! Hard work but the dividends and pass ability will show…:-) Dave & Kim 🙂

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  2. A bit of history — forty years ago or so, the federal government was organizing Essex National Heritage Area and wanted Gloucester to join. As bait the city was offered significant funding to help rebuild the already deteriorating seawall. The City Council turned it down, saying there would be unstated strings attached. The great news is that this now is being done, and done well, and 15 years of scraping to come up with the money has paid off.

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