Scope of Work
- The existing asphalt sidewalks were removed and new concrete sidewalks installed. Excavation was to an approximate depth of 2 feet. New granite curbing was installed. There is no salvage value in the existing curb.
- Three of the 4 existing cross walks were enhanced functionally and aesthetically with "bulb outs" consisting of textured concrete (simulated red brick), street trees, and improved lighting. Two of these are at mid-block locations, near the Rialto bridge and at the Northfield Savings Bank. The 3rd is at the east side of the Elm Street intersection. The bulb outs were constructed to reduce conflicts with cars parked in adjacent spaces and to improve visibility of pedestrians entering the street. The designs are similar to the 4th existing cross walk located within the project limits on the west side of the Elm Street intersection which was constructed last year, as well as those along Main Street.
- Where grades permit, the sidewalk was blended with the entryways of buildings, including those which project into the sidewalks. Entryways and associated granite stoops are privately owned and was not impacted unless necessary to achieve proper grade.
- New trees with grates and guards were installed. Excavation was to a depth of approximately 3 feet to improve and enhance the planting environment. A patented soil mixture specially designed for urban trees in sidewalk/street applications known as structural soil™ was utilized in an effort to reduce tree mortality. (Some of the trees, grates and guards were paid for with the residual grant funds from the Post Office Project.)
- Upon completion, the Public Works Department installed benches and trash cans with funding available from the grant received for the Post Office Project.
- New lights and poles were installed. The fixtures and poles were the same design as those installed on Main Street in the fall of 2001. There are 2 types of lights: 30-foot poles with mongoose area lamps (175 watt metal halide), and 12-foot ornamental poles with decorative dickens ornamental lights (70 watt metal halide) for pedestrian areas and aesthetics. One minor but distinctive difference is that no ornamental lights were mounted on the sides of the tall poles such as on Main Street. Instead, ornamental and area lights/poles now alternate along the street. The street width, coupled with the proximity of buildings to the sidewalks, is distinctly different than Main Street and the lighting consultant advised that the light balance would not be appropriate with combination fixtures.