West Chatham, Downtown Road Projects Underway

By: Staff Reports

Construction began last week on the roundabout at George Ryder Road and Route 28. This view is looking south toward the intersection from George Ryder Road. TIM WOOD PHOTO


CHATHAM – Work on the West Chatham Roadway project is well underway, with much of Route 28 between Barn Hill Road and George Ryder Road ground up and ready for resurfacing.

Crews have also begun to clear the area where a new roundabout will be built at the George Ryder Road intersection. Another roundabout will be installed at the Barn Hill Road intersection. The work is expected to continue through the fall and into the winter until weather conditions prevent its continuation; it will resume in the spring.

Route 28 will be open during the work, although it may be limited to a single lane at times, causing delays. Northbound traffic on Route 28 may be diverted to Sam Ryder Road or Old Queen Anne Road. The best way to access the airport, police department, annex and VFW and neighborhoods on George Ryder Road is via Old Queen Anne Road.

There are two other road/sidewalk construction projects going on in town this fall.

The reconstruction of Cross Street should get underway any day now, with the work including reconstruction of the road surface, new curbing and installation of new Americans With Disabilities Act-compliant handicap ramps along the newly reconstructed sidewalk. The work should take 10 weeks, with the contractor expected to complete the project by Dec. 21. During most of the work, the roadway will be open to residents only, and accommodations will be made for pedestrians traversing the construction area.

New curbing and ADA-compliant ramps will also be built along Main Street beginning shortly after Columbus Day. The 10-week project will begin on the north side of Main Street at Library Lane and continue west past and including the intersection of Seaview St. to the rotary at Old Harbor Road. Crews will then replace curbing and install new intersection ramps on the south side working east from the rotary to Cross Street.

The work is expected to be completed by Dec. 21; the exact dates will be subject to granite curbing being received by the contractor.