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Route 31 (Maple St. and Charlton Rd.) Reconstruction Project
Attachment NameAttachment SizeAttachment Date
Size: 1.4M
Last Updated: 2016/2/17
Size: 500K
Last Updated: 2017/2/21
Size: 10M
Last Updated: 2016/8/11
Route 31 (Maple St. / Charlton Rd.) Reconstruction
Project Information & Construction Status




The contractor has completed 2017 construction operations including all base and intermediate course Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) paving for the entire project length.  Also, all proposed drainage improvements have been installed.  Some of the new drainage structures will remain covered through the winter awaiting completion of the remaining road, curbing, sidewalks and other edge of road work.

Work on this project will start back up in the Spring of 2018 and will include but is not limited to, completing the drainage work, edge of road curbing, guardrails, comprehensive traffic signage improvement program, road edge work, cleanup and blending with adjoining properties, completing the new sidewalk from Bemis Street to Asterwood,  and final top course paving.

Please drive safely and adhere to Speed Limits, 40 MPH rurally from the Charlton Town Line and changing to 30 MPH north of Vista Lane, at all times.

Please keep in mind that this is a one year project and it is scheduled for completion in August 2018.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about any aspect of the project, your driveway or your frontage please let this office know so that we can advise the contractor and have it addressed in 2018.

Everything will be completed functionally and cosmetically by the end of the project schedule, next August 2018 or sooner.  We will do our best to make sure of that.  Your assistance in bringing any comments, concerns, observations, etc. to our attention as soon as possible is important to the successful completion of the project for all users and abutters.

Next Steps - Additional Information

Refer to above for next steps in 2017 and 2018, respectively.  Project limits are Route 31 (Maple St / Charlton Rd) from Bemis Street to the Charlton Town line (3.7 miles).  The total estimated cost for this project is $4,874,060.00.  All work under this project will be accomplished within the existing Town owned right-of-way (ROW). 

This is a MassDOT administered project.  We will do our best to post relevant notices and key activities ongoing or upcoming on this web page.

Proposed Improvements:

The project includes the following improvements:
  • Reclaiming Route 31 from the Charlton Town line to Bemis St (3.7 miles) to a depth of 12 inches and putting down 7.25 inches of new Superpave in 3 lifts.
  • South of Howe Road, we’re planning on 26 feet of width. North of Howe Road, we’re planning on 28 feet of width.
  • Replacing all guardrails.
  • Updating existing / installing proposed drainage improvements.
  • Bacon Hill Road / Cranberry Meadow Road intersection safety improvements consisting of sight improvements in the northeast quadrant.
  • East Charlton Road intersection safety improvements consisting of the complete realignment of the intersection to a typical "T" intersection.
All work will be accomplished within the existing Town owned right-of-way (ROW).  Please refer to the attached Route 31 (Charlton Rd - Maple St) 2005 Survey Base Plan from TL to Bemis St (3.7 miles) to determine locations of property lines.  Due to the large size of the attached file we strongly recommend that you save the file locally and then open it from your computer.
We appreciate your patience during construction, if there are any questions please contact our office at 508-885-7525.  Thank you in advance for your understanding and assistance.
If any problems with the attached  plans or if you have other questions or concerns please feel to contact the Spencer Utilities & Facilities Office at 508-885-7525

Spencer Construction Updates email List

For additional notices and information please be aware that Spencer roadway construction project notices and updates are sent routinely by email.  If you wish to be on our construction updates email list please send an email requesting to be placed on the Spencer Construction updates list to  Please include “Spencer Construction Updates” in your email subject line.

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Last Updated: 11/13/2017


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