Easy As A,B,C: Roads To Be Repaired This Year Named

A total of 16 streets will be reconstructed during the 2013 constructions season.

Residents living on Cambridge Street don't have to be convinced that they live on a road that needs to be repaired. 

Decades after its last reconstructed, the side street off of Waverley Street is rough and threadbare, rating a 30 on the town's scale of road conditions, one of the lowest in Belmont.

But sometime between when the leaves turn this spring and before the first freeze this fall, Cambridge along with 15 other town roads – including the streets with the shortest names in town; A, B and C streets – will be reconstructed and repaved as long-awaited repairs to town streets was announced at Monday night's, Jan. 28, Belmont Board of Selectmen meeting in Town Hall.  

Glenn Clancy, director of Belmont's said the roads selected are well past their life span of 20 to 25 years and had infrastructure work performed recently. Waverley Road will be resurfaced despite being reconstructed only a decade ago due to a great deal of work along the street.

In addition, the Board of Selectmen approved road design work for Belmont Center that will begin the process resulting in extensive road reconstruction of the streets and sidewalks in Belmont's business hub in 2014. 

The streets selected to be repaired are determined by a grading system that ranks them by their condition, the lower the number the most in need of repair.

Of the streets listed below

Street From To



A Street Grant Avenue commuter rail tracks  65 B Street Grant Avenue town property line 55 C Street Grant Avenue town property line 49 Irving Street Beech Street  Waverley Street 54 Davis Road Trapelo Road Irving Street 47 Hawthorne Street Trapelo Road  the cul-de-sac 49 Cambridge Street Waverley Street Hawthorne Street 30 White Street  Trapelo Road  Grant Avenue 50 Grant Avenue White Street C Street 36 Park Drive  Belmont Street  Grove Street  39 Springfield Street Belmont Street Fairview Avenue 40 Dalton Road Washington Street Grosvenor Road  41 Hamilton Road

240 degrees North

of Merrill Avenue

Cambridge town line 35 Hamilton Road  Concord Avenue

240 degrees North

of Merrill Avenue

70 Sycamore Street Whilte Street Trapelo Road  41 Waverley Street Trapelo Road  Harris Street   –
tmp January 29, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Does anyone know if the list that describes the 'rating' of the town's roadways is available? I think it would be of great interest to know what the town believes are the roads with the poorest conditions, so that we can begin to get a sense of what the long term paving needs are (e.g. not just which streets this year, but where are the needs greatest and in what condition are the town's roads overall. Thanks in advance.
APaschal January 29, 2013 at 03:01 PM
The roads in Belmont are the worst in the area. People who come to visit me joke that they can tell they've crossed over the Belmont town line due to the conditions of the roads. The general opinion is that all the money in the town is spent on the schools. But is this really the reputation that the town wants - good schools but horrible roads?
Joe January 29, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Some refer to it as traffic calming, give me a break. They're trying to force everyone to give up their car, and walk or bike. This town does have some of the worst roads in the area, it's a joke. Just look at Trapelo Road, the gateway to Belmont. The whole stretch of it is terrible. Why isn't this patched at all? They do nothing to it. Wonder why it didn't top the list... And why are so many dead end and small side streets on the list? Sycamore Street is worse from Lexington Street to the Watertown line than it is from White to Trapelo and they choose to do the part that's not as bad...
WaverlySquareGuy January 29, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Not to defend because our roads ARE deplorable but the reason why Trapelo hasn't been touched is that it is due for massive rehaul starting this spring. Federally and state funded project will have the road completely reconstructed from the Waltham to Cambridge line....
tmp January 29, 2013 at 05:38 PM
What I never ever understand is why oh why, when they finally repave a road, does it seem like within a year they have allowed some utility to come in and dig up a big part of it, then do a horrible job of repairing the road? It's no wonder that some roads are undrivable, between the insane amount of underground utility work, the tremendous backlog of roads needed work, and the general winter conditions. But it sure doesn't seem like it has to be this bad. Question: does it cost Belmont more/less/the same as surrounding towns to repave roadways (per foot, say)?
Joe January 29, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Are you saying the whole length of Trapelo from town of Lincoln to Belmont Street? You mention the Cambridge line so I'm wondering if Belmont Street at Trapelo is included, do you know? Also, from your name I need to ask what you think of the church being torn down?
tmp January 29, 2013 at 07:27 PM
Joe, here is information on the Trapelo road project (not sure what the latest info is): http://belmont.patch.com/articles/bid-goes-out-on-trapelo-belmont-repair-this-week
WaverlySquareGuy January 29, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Joe, to follow up on tmp's post, I think there is also some information on both the town's and the Mass Highway Dept's websites. To my knowledge, the reconstruction goes from the Waltham line on Trapelo to the end of Belmont Street (i.e. to Mt Auburn). From what I've seen, this project is significant in nature -- much more than just road resurfacing. We'll see -- part of me is quite skeptical. To your question on the church, I think it stinks. But, as the developer says, nothing we can do to stop him. I happened to be by there just as the main part of the steeple was coming down -- very, very sad.
WaverlySquareGuy January 29, 2013 at 10:43 PM


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