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Which Natick Street Is Most In Need of Repair?

Potholes, flooding, faded lines — which Natick streets give you the most trouble as you're navigating town?

Do potholes pound your car each time you drive a particular route? Perhaps damage from frost heaves, flooding or nearby construction are a constant issue on a particular stretch of roadway? 

Maybe you just can't tell the difference between lanes on particular streets or the crosswalks aren't clear enough.

In our continuing effort to cover quality of life issues in town, we want to know which Natick streets are most in need of a makeover.

In your opinion, which Natick street (or streets) is most in need of repair?

Weigh in your thoughts in the comments. 

Brett Lyons August 05, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Union Street sidewalks could also use a great deal of work. They are rough in places and most concerning is the section just south of Brook street where you cannot pass between the tandem telephone poles and the guardrail while pushing a stroller. Its obvious that this is a recognized issue, because there is a "cutout" in the middle of the guardrail so that you can exit the sidewalk and unsafely use the street for a about a 100 feet or so before you can reenter the sidewalk. Union street has a number of curves with no additional space on either side of the lane to accommodate bicycles and this is understandable due to the age of the road and the properties that abut it. For this reason, the sidewalks should be kept in top condition and should not have any impassable areas. Does anyone know if there is a plan to correct the issue? Has it been addressed with Nstar? Thanks for any info you can provide.
William Hughes August 05, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Indian Ridge Rd. Is in rough shape.I would be interested to know how the town decides what the criteria is for relating a street. I would think that with all the income from the Natick mall and various businesses along rte 9 that Natick would have the best School rating and maybe well maintained roads. I will say that the town does do very good snow removal.
Joshua Ostroff August 06, 2012 at 01:14 PM
This topic would be a good article, Justin. I'll cover some of the issues that were raised in comments. Other than major road projects - such as Glen, Oak, Cottage etc. - most local roadway projects are paid for exclusively with so-called Chapter 90 funds, which lately have been about $1 million per year for Natick. This is state gas tax revenue that is returned to cities and towns. The town has a 5-year plan that is informed by our pavement management system where every street is given a roadway surface rating. The Town Engineer recommends projects based on the condition of the road, the nature of the repair, cost, the economy of doing nearby streets in a neighborhood, and whether the streets are publicly accepted. Some towns budget more than Chapter 90 for their regular maintenance - Natick does not, the main exception being large projects, which if they involve water or sewer work are partially funded by water/sewer funds. Major projects on state roads - Oak/9, route 27, 27/9 for example - are paid for with state and federal $ (apart from Ch. 90) through a process call the TIP (Transportation Improvement Program). But the town is usually responsible for developing initial design work to apply for this funding, which is a problem for Natick and other towns and cities. The 5 year plan for Ch. 90, and Natick budget info, is available on the town web site (natickma.gov). I am glad to try and answer or refer questions - joshua@ostroff.net or 508 654-3330.
Justin Saglio August 06, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I agree, Joshua. Thanks for sharing some of what you know here with us. I'll be in touch!
Yellen August 06, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Lincoln St. Ext. - I don't think there is any actual road left, just patches on patches!

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