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Worcester Schedules 21 New Road Resurfacing Projects

By Tom Marino | May 27, 2024
Last Updated: May 27, 2024

WORCESTER – The City of Worcester released a new list of 21 Worcester streets scheduled for resurfacing in fiscal years 2025 and 2026, which runs July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2026. District city councilors in Worcester selected these projects.

The listed projects, which are additions to already planned road projects, add nearly 3.5 miles of road resurfacing for over $6.4 million, about $1.9 million per mile.

Several sources put the cost of municipal road construction in Massachusetts between $1 million and $2 million per mile. In 2020, Fitchburg officials estimated their costs at around $1 million per mile, with costs of construction materials consistently rising since the end of the pandemic. Many factors, including the width of the roadway, effects the cost of resurfacing.

These additional projects add about three-quarters of a mile of resurfacing in district three, and about two-thirds of a mile in the other four districts.

The cost of the additional projects in each district is:

District 1: $1,179,968
District 2: $762,472
District 3: $1,570,310
District 4: $1,219,214
District 5: $1,250,529

In April, the city released a list of 91 pending roadway projects and 180 pending sidewalk projects, which can be found here. The projects listed below are not included in the list released in April.

In the list of newly announced projects found below, PCI is “pavement condition index,” a rating system used to show the quality of the roadway. In PCI, a rating of 85 to 100 is classified as “good” while 0-10 is “failed.”

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