Temporary Closure for Part of Canal Street Starts May 30

Phase 1 (Ocean Ave to Hersey St) for 7 weeks; Phase 2 (Hersey St to Forest Ave) for 5 weeks

As part of the on-going Canal Street Roadway Improvement Project, MassDOT and the project contractors will be closing a roughly 600-foot length of Canal Street to through traffic for a total time period of twelve weeks.

From approximately May 30 through July 18 no through traffic will be possible from Ocean Avenue to Hersey Street. During that time, detours will be posted allowing through traffic to travel through the corridor via Laurel Street, Hazel Street, Ocean Avenue, Linden Street, and Forest Avenue. Hersey Street will be temporarily made a two-way street to allow vehicles to access Canal Street businesses from the Linden Street detour.

From approximately July 18 through August 22 no through traffic will be possible from Hersey Street to Forest Avenue. During that time, detours will be posted allowing through traffic to travel through the corridor via Broadway and Ocean Avenue.

In anticipation of the detour traffic the City is carrying out some leveling and paving of the detour streets in the neighborhood adjacent to Canal Street.

All Canal Street businesses will be open for business during this time period, with the exception of McDonalds, which will temporarily close to carry out a large renovation project. Please help support our Canal Street businesses during this important roadway improvement project.

While the rest of the Canal Street Roadway Improvement Project can be accomplished while allowing through traffic to continue, the state of deterioration under the roadway in this one 600-foot stretch is substantial. To reconstruct the roadway in a manner that will provide the most long-lasting improvement, the contractor will be excavating to 30-inches below the road surface, more than twice the standard excavation depth. The roadway will be filled with a light concrete fill, instead of conventional fill, and a stabilizing high-strength geo-tech fabric will then be installed over the top of the fill from curb to curb. A final paving layer will then go over the geo-tech fabric.

The deterioration of this portion of the roadway has occurred as peat and loose soils under the pavement have consolidated and sunk over time, while underground utilities such as storm drains and conduits have kept the road surface elevated in places. The resulting roadway surface is highly uneven and not safe. The more substantial improvement possible through this temporary closure of this portion of the street will help eliminate this problem on a more long-term basis than conventional engineering methods.

Additional information about this closure, including maps of the closures and detours and regular project updates are posted online at www.buildingsalem.com/canal-street-roadway-improvement-project/. There is also a sign-up form at that page to add your email address to the weekly email updates that are sent out regarding the project. Anyone with questions is invited to contact the City’s Engineering Department at 978-619-5673 or to email buildingsalem@salem.com.