5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester - June 1

 by TWIW StaffJune 1, 2021

In today’s daily 5 Things You Need to Know feature, ThisWeekinWorcester.com explores five important items and stories that Worcester and Central Massachusetts residents should keep a close eye on.

These five things can cover a whole range of subjects and issues that we feel are pertinent to understanding what’s going on in the city and the cities and towns surrounding Worcester.

In today’s edition – Tuesday, June 1 - commuters can expect traffic delays today and throughout the week at the Plantation Street bridge, there are three days of mobile vaccine clinics this week, abatement works starts today on the old South High, Worcester Wares is moving back into their DCU Center location, and the WRTA is hosting a public meeting this week to discuss service changes starting in August.


Traffic Delays Expected at Plantation Street Bridge Thru the Week

Commuters can likely expect traffic delays near the Plantation Street bridge starting today -- Tuesday, June 1.

Construction work on the Plantation Street bridge deck will begin and traffic will be maintained with alternating single lane traffic.

Plantation Street paving will start Tuesday night starting at 8:00pm and continue until 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. The area will be closed to traffic and a full detour will be implemented, according to the Worcester Police Department.

The road will also be closed on the night of June 7 to install the permanent pavement markings. A full detour will be set up for the duration of the work from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Three Mobile Vaccine Clinics Schedule for this Week

There are three mobile vaccine clinics scheduled this week in Worcester:

  • Tuesday, June 1: Girls Inc., 125 Providence St., 5-8 p.m. (no appointment necessary, available for individuals ages 12-up)
  • Wednesday, June 2: Boys & Girls Club of Worcester “Bring a Buddy Clinic,” 65 Boys & Girls Club Way, 5-8 p.m. Youths returning for their second dose are encouraged to “bring a buddy” to receive their first dose. Any individual needing a first dose is also welcome to attend.
  • Thursday, June 3: Lakeside Apartments (second doses)

The City will also be announcing dates for vaccination clinics open to the public that will be held at Worcester Public Library and open to the general public for all individuals ages 12 and older.


Abatement Work Starts at South High on Tuesday

Ahead of the demolition of the old South High School scheduled later this month, crews will begin abatement work on the inside of the building starting Tuesday,

According to Spectrum News 1, demolition of the old building is scheduled to start on June 21. The new $200 million South High is scheduled to open this fall.

The old South High building was built in 1978.


Worcester Wares Moving Back into DCU Center Location

Worcester Wares -- the shop celebrating all thing Worcester -- is moving back into their original location at the DCU Center at 105 Commercial Street.

This location has been closed since last year. Worcester Wares' second location at the Worcester Public Market reopened on May 8 (508 Day).


WRTA Hosting Public Meeting on Thursday to Address Service Changes

The Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) will hold a public meeting to collect feedback and comments regarding proposed route and schedule changes to certain bus routes.
The proposed changes would go into effect on August 28. The changes will not be final until they voted on and approved by the WRTA Advisory Board on June 17.
The proposed changes include the bus routes below and related ADA paratransit service:
June 1, 2021 mobile vaccination clinics
To join the meeting, use the info below:
Meeting ID: 986 5374 5804
Passcode: 251591
Dial +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) or +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
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