BY: Craig Semon, Worcester Telegram, February 7, 2018
OXFORD – State money earmarked for the Sutton Avenue sidewalk project, which is nearly finished, is finally on the way to the town.
Tuesday night, Town Manager Brian M. Palaia told the Board of Selectmen that he received a call earlier in the day from state Sen. Ryan C. Fattman saying that the governor’s office has released the $250,000 in Chapter 90 funds for the sidewalk project.
Mr. Fattman will contact the town manager in a couple of weeks to tell him how the town can access the funds, Mr. Palaia added.
“Wow,” Selectman Chairman Dennis E. Lamarche said. “That’s very good news.”
The Sutton Avenue sidewalk project began in September and was “substantially completed” just before Thanksgiving, Mr. Palaia said. Final touches will be completed in the spring, he said.
“It’s $250,000 in funding that we’ve been expecting but we were not sure how it was going to come through,” Mr. Palaia said. “We were sure it would come through one way or another, and now we got it and it allows us more certainty on what capital projects we actually can do in this coming budget season.”
The sidewalk project added a 4-foot-wide sidewalk on the southbound side of Sutton Avenue, from Orchard Hill Drive to Oxford Crossing. The travel lanes were reduced from 12 feet to 11 feet wide to make room for the new sidewalks and to slow down motorists.
The Worcester-based construction company AF Amorello & Sons won the contract for the Sutton Avenue road project.