- Development Projects
- Rehabilitation of Pond St.
Since 2013 the Town of Ashland has been spearheading The Pond Street (Rt. 126) Project, an estimated $17+ million infrastructure revitalization initiative planned for the 10,000 linear feet of roadway through Ashland, connecting Framingham and Holliston. The project, under the direction of Massachusetts Department of Transportation (Mass-DOT), is in the final design/approval phase. Anticipated construction start is late Fall of 2020.
The $17+ million-dollar construction costs are funded by the Massachusetts Transportation Improvement Program, TIP.
For the first time since its construction, Pond Street will have sidewalks, bicycle lanes for pedestrian, bicyclist and motor vehicular safety. The revitalization of Pond Street is designed to have positive economic, developmental and regional impact.
-Over 60 residents attended a project update meeting hosted by the Town. Support was overwhelmingly positive
-Town of Ashland initiative to promote the MassDOT Public Hearing activities:
-Lawn sign campaign (50)
-Notification to Joint Association of Condominium Communities, JACC
-Updates in MetroWest Daily News & Ashland Local
-MassDOT Public Hearing – over 200 residents attended a standing room only hearing and submitted Public Comment
-Town Meeting appropriated funds for lighting electrical design costs for the corridor’s lighting system
-Planning Board programmed zoning review for Rt. 126 for 2019 Fall Town Meeting to fully leverage the project’s economic development potential
-Pond Street Project Working Group presented update to Board of Selectmen
-Board of Selectmen commit to paying the non-participating costs for the safety lighting to fully leverage the project’s economic development potential
-Town Manager submittal letter to MassDOT District 3 confirming Ashland’s non-participating costs commitment
-Pond Street Update on Around the Clock (WACA Cable TV Show) with Selectwoman Yolanda Greaves & Project Chair, Paula Parker
2018 – 2019 & to construction start
-75% design plans complete
-100% design plans due to MassDOT May 2019
-ROW process begins July 2019
-MassDOT to advertise project in June 2020
-Anticipated construction starts – Fall 2020