SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

February 2, 2013

State to fix culvert on Loring Ave. in Salem

By Bethany Bray
STAFF WRITER

---- — SALEM — A busy section of Loring Avenue will be disrupted this spring as the state works to repair a culvert near the Leggs Hill Road intersection.

The culvert, which carries Route 1A over the Forest River, is in “failure mode” and has been bumped to the top of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s to do list, said City Engineer David Knowlton.

A spokesperson said MassDOT hopes to start work this spring.

The project will affect a small stretch of Loring Avenue roughly 300 feet south of the Leggs Hill Road intersection, Knowlton said.

The ground and pavement has sunk on one side of the culvert, causing deterioration, he said.

The estimated $900,000 state project will repair the culvert in two phases. The existing culvert walls and roof will be removed and replaced with new materials.

The road will remain open throughout the project, but traffic will be shifted to one side.

“I don’t expect any major traffic disruptions,” Knowlton said. “... (It will be) pretty localized construction activity.”

Knowlton has met with MassDOT several times about the project, and said he expects it to be complete by the fall.

MassDOT anticipates securing work permits for the project in the next one to three months, according to project documents released yesterday. Recent inspections indicate “the walls and roof of the culvert are structurally deficient and need of repair,” wrote MassDOT.

Bethany Bray can be reached at bbray@salemnews.com and on Twitter @SalemNewsBB.