Route 1A Project Information

Walpole Route 1A Improvement Project

Rt. 1A Improvements July 23, 2021 Update

MDR construction began drainage installation and sewer removal/relocation at the North Street/Route 1A area near Eversource on Monday 7/19/21. Similar work will continue the week of 7/26, however, work will occur on the Country Kitchen side of the bridge over the Neponset. Work on this side will involve piping across Rt. 1A at North St. so delays may be more of a factor than the past week. On the Norwood end of the job MDR began to install drain pipe and will continue the week of 7/26. Furthermore, Verizon has arrived on the project and is working on the North end of the job to transfer its wires and equipment to the new telephone poles. Comcast continues transferring/installing their wires/infrastructure to the new poles as well. Work on the job will intensify as various issues have been resolved. Hoover Road is still on hold but work may start again in early August in that location.

Project History:

MassDOT Project for Route 1A North improvements in Walpole (Project ID# 602261)

This Project has been in the works since 1997 and is necessary in order to properly maintain the infrastructure, as well as continue to ensure public safety and enhance economic development opportunities.

The proposed Project consists of reconstructing approximately 8,000 feet of roadway along Route 1A from our downtown to the Norwood Town Line including intersection and approach improvements at Fisher, Gould, Mylod and North Streets.

Route 1A is one of the Town’s main commercial corridors, as well as one of the region’s main thoroughfares.  This particular stretch of Route 1A passes through several residential areas, has two public schools in the vicinity and also serves many local businesses, including small and large commercial plazas.  The current condition of Route 1A has caused traffic congestion and troublesome safety issues for both vehicles and pedestrians, alike.  

In addition to addressing much-needed traffic and pedestrian safety concerns, the Project will also address economic development needs.  With the many businesses in the immediate area, improved infrastructure is necessary in order for them to continue to thrive.  Planned development activities in the immediate and distant future will be supported by the Project.

Why Project is Necessary

  • Public safety improvements for motorists and pedestrians
  • Route 1A serves as access to the Norfolk County Agricultural HS, as well as the Fisher Elementary School off of Fisher Street
  • Route 1A serves numerous residential neighborhoods, as well as several businesses and large commercial plazas
  • Assist with economic development efforts – both to support existing businesses by providing their customers and employees with safe and practical access and to support future growth by showcasing this busy thoroughfare as one that has updated infrastructure and can support a large volume of vehicular traffic

Regional Equity/Support

  • The project not only benefits Walpole; many surrounding communities utilize this stretch of Route 1A as main connection
  • No projects have been funded within this area (also referred to as the Three Rivers Interlocal Council or “TRIC” region) in the last five years
  • Town outreach  - While the route 1A contract may not be a project that is sponsored or funded by the Town of Walpole, the Town continues to work with our partners in State Government at MassDot and the selected General contractor, MDR Construction Co; Inc. The Town of Walpole is committed to working with residents and local businesses who are located on the route 1A corridor an to assist with traffic and other impacts during the construction period.

Additional Information

Detour Information

April 9th Detour Map

The detour route listed above is accurate as of the time it is published on the website. Additional detours will be operational at certain times during of construction throughout the lifetime of this construction project.

Project Contacts

Resident Engineer; Borman, Eric K. (DOT) eric.borman@state.ma.us

Leo Lessard MDM Project Super llessard@mdrconstruction.com

Dan Melican MDM Proj Manager dmelican@mdrconstruction.com

MDM Business Phone Number - (978)851-1000