Middle Beach Road Reconstruction To Start June 20

Reconstruction of road and sidewalk scheduled to be complete by mid-August, prior to the start of the school year. Motorists, pedestrians asked to use caution in the area.


This information was posted by the Town of Madison, Department of Public Works & Engineering, June 13:

Reconstruction of Middle Beach Road

The project consists of the full depth reconstruction of a portion of the roadway and sidewalk damaged during Tropical Storm Irene between Tuxis Road and Park Avenue.

Work is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, June 20th and is anticipated to be complete by mid-August, prior to the beginning of the start of the school year.

Temporary signage indicating detour routes around the work area will be installed the week of June 11th in the vicinity of the project.

Middle Beach Road, between Island Avenue and East Wharf Road will be open to local traffic throughout the construction period, however in the vicinity of the work area, traffic will be limited to one lane in the westbound direction.  In addition, the traffic direction for the section of Tuxis Road between Middle Beach Road and Prospect Street will be reversed to be one way in the northbound direction.

Motorists should expect temporary delays at times dependent on the phase of the contractors operations.  Please exercise caution when traveling through the construction limits and be aware of workmen present in the road.

If you have specific questions about the project, please contact the Engineering Division at 203-245-5611.

patricia donohue June 14, 2012 at 12:37 AM
the Middle Beach Road reconstruction should have been completed before the summer. residence along the shoreline have been feverishly--and at great expense--repairing their properties for the advent of summer. i drive the coastal route...and see no repair has been done --day after day and month after month--for the enjoyment of summer folk from near and far. typical bad planning and poor PR for the town. that coastal route is an important part of madison with appeal to townsfolk and visitors. who cares if it's ready when school starts. Too late!!
Pem McNerney (Editor) June 14, 2012 at 01:36 AM
It has taken a long time. The special appropriation was made by the town in March. Still, from what I have heard in meetings, this seems like a particularly complex project involving (if my recollection is correct) construction near or in the water. There were specific and complicated design considerations relating to the railing. I think the engineers working on this are cognizant of the fact that the work on the walkway and railing not only has to meet code and be safe, but that it is a scenic walkway and so they'd like it to be attractive as well, to the extent that is possible. And there are people still making repairs to their homes. Still, it's true this will be a major headache for anyone living in that area, or who likes to drive or walk along that area.
George June 14, 2012 at 10:50 AM
What is the status on repairs to East Wharf and West Wharf ?
Pem McNerney (Editor) June 14, 2012 at 11:07 AM
Here is the status report on big town projects provided by Ott during the most recent Board of Selectman's meeting on Monday: Construction on the Surf Club Wall is at about its midpoint. Construction was delayed by the need to install some temporary sheeting, but he expects progress to pick up again. On East Wharf and West Wharf, they expect to start in the fall and do construction in the winter. Work on Overbrook Road also is expected to start soon, Ott did not have a date, he said he would release that information as soon as it is available. He said signage on Overbrook Road would be going up soon. Schumack Construction of Clinton is the lead contractor on the Surf Club Wall Project ($186618), the Middle Beach Road Project ($314,880), and the Overbrook Road Project ($690,880). When the contracts were awarded, Ott expressed confidence that they had the capacity to handle all three projects in a timely manner.
patricia donohue June 14, 2012 at 11:49 AM
sadly, it's going to be a mess this summer. somehow other folks, including my sister's place, near W. Wharf, have already built formidable cement walls and replaced septic and front yards over the months following Irrene. they are up and ready for the summer. sorry the town couldn't beg or borrow some funds to do the project before the summer.certainly, we have enough banks in town to borrow from. too bad...
Janet June 14, 2012 at 11:54 AM
I agree with Pat. This should have been a top priority. Let's not forget we are a shoreline town and our beach areas and roads are critical. Let's see if East Wharf is repaired over the winter... I would be very surprised. They'll probably be doing the work next summer and disrupting another beach season.
Janet June 14, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Pen, if money is an issue, don't you think that things like sea walls and jettys that protect the shoreline in the event of another storm should take precedence over an artificial turf field? Federal funds or not, these repairs have to be made... And hopefully we dont get another storm in the meantime. East Wharf plans and bids should be done now, so we know what we are llooking at in terms of labor and cost... Why wait on the plans and bids??? Just asking...
thinking person June 14, 2012 at 03:54 PM
To Patricia and Janet; Money is not what is holding up the repairs to MIddle Beach Road or East and West Wharf. The Town has reserve funds in the $8 Million range -- way more than enough to cover all the projects. The delay is in the priorities set by the Town.
RickC June 14, 2012 at 03:58 PM
This is a classic example of gross mismanagement by the town selectmen, and calls into question Mr. Ott's continued employment. If you can't complete a project in 10 months, which, as has been pointed out, many homeowners with similar storm damage and substantially fewer resources were able to complete before the summer season, then perhaps you should look for a different line of work. What you DON'T do is start a project that totally disrupts the major beach artery at the BEGINNING of summer, to be completed at the END of summer! Leave Middle Beach Rd. alone, push the barriers as far out of the road as possible, and come back and do the job in the fall. Better to have a bit of rough road for 2 months (as we've had for 10 months already!) than the traffic mess that will ensue trying to do the work at the very height of the season. Perhaps Mr. Ott and town selectmen need to be reminded that Madison is a summer community, and that Middle Beach sees probably a tenfold increase in activity during the summer. When you have idiots running a town, this is what you get: idiotic decisions.
Janet June 14, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Pem, could you ask Mr. Ott and/or Mr. McPherson to explain why they are insisting on doing this in the summer? Rick makes excellent points....push back the barriers and wait till Fall!
Pem McNerney (Editor) June 15, 2012 at 12:57 AM
I haven't had a chance to check in with town hall on this. It would seem to me there might be some sort of connection with the school year. The last day of school is the 19th and they're starting on the 20th and they're saying the plan is to be done before the school year starts. If they wait until fall we're back in the school year and shouldn't we place a higher priority on school bus routes than the convenience of people who like to take in the scenery by walking and driving down there in the summer months? Because is that what we're talking about here? In terms of getting around town, we still have the Boston Post Road. And, while I can see this is a huge inconvenience for the people who live in that area, no matter when it's done, why is this such a big problem for the rest of us? We can still get through town on the Boston Post Road. Not as scenic, true, but adequate to our needs. And have you driven down there lately? I'm no engineer (to say the least) but it looks like an extremely complex undertaking, to rebuild that road out into the water, along with a sidewalk and a railing, and to make it look good too. It seems much more complex than rebuilding a home, and there are, in fact many homes that are still undergoing Irene-related repairs.
Pem McNerney (Editor) June 15, 2012 at 01:02 AM
I've had a lot of people ask me to get information on the site recently and I'm trying to keep up with the requests. I don't want you to think I'm ignoring you. If I don't get to this as quickly as you'd like, keep in mind that you can go to a Board of Selectmen meeting and ask directly. They have some early morning meetings and some in the evening. A link to all the meetings is posted on the front of Madison Patch every day. Or call town hall. If you get to it before I do, let me know what you hear. Thanks.
Pem McNerney (Editor) June 15, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Pat, does your sis still own the place near West Wharf? I hope I see you down there this summer! Maybe around the 4th ...
Donald Downie June 15, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Another major storm will hit the Madison shoreline, there whole area will be destroyed due to the sea walls not being repaired and in place and everyone in town government will say " How could this have happened?"
Janet June 15, 2012 at 04:08 AM
School buses? Seriously? These can be rerouted to stop at the end of Island, East Wharf and West Wharf to pick up kids. We are talking about hundreds of residents who enjoy Middle Beach road in the summer (not just a "few"), not to mention those who live there, and who are among the highest taxpayers in the town, and also probably don't have many kids in the school system. With the Madison Beach Hotel traffic and the regular tremendous increase in summer traffic, good luck to anyone living on Parker, East Wharf or West Wharf, trying to navigate through town on the Post Road.
George August 06, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Is there an update on the status of all these Town projects?


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