There might be a glimmer of hope that the reconstruction of Taylor Avenue is coming a little sooner, according to Town Manager Melissa Arrighi’s report to the Board of Selectmen.
In early March, Department of Public Works Director Jonathan Beder wrote State Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack noting the Taylor Avenue bridge was in dire condition and asking for the bridge work to be down now. Pollack has replied, saying her department may advance to project to the 100 percent design phase.
It was a good sign,” said Beder, but the town needs a commitment from Pollack about funding the project. “We’re still under the impression that it’s still scheduled for 2018,” he said.
According to Arrighi’s report, Pollack recommends the town submit right of way plans to the state so the state can move forward with land acquisition, something Beder said would have happened anyway. She also advises the town get backing from the Old Colony Planning Council.