Amherst’s Lincoln Avenue repairs won’t be completed until next year Reply

Repaving and the addition of speedbumps on Lincoln Avenue in Amherst will have to wait until next year, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Lincoln Avenue is located within walking distance of the town center and UMass.  The eclectic mix of elegant colonial revival style homes of the 19th and early 20th century set on this tree-lined street make this one of my favorite avenues in Amherst.

Repaving and adding speedbumps to one of Amherst’s historic and well-traveled streets will have to wait another year, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

I showed one property on Lincoln Avenue that even had evidence that the four-time Pulitzer Prize winning American poet Robert Frost was once a guest.

According to the news report, Amherst has $500K in Chapter 90 funds, which are state issued funds designated for roads.  These funds have been allocated for other projects in town.  The Gazette reported that this summer’s repairs to Lincoln Ave, “will be limited to sewer line repairs, milling to eliminate the “moonscape” surface and the application of a permanent base coat before winter.”

Part of the reason for the delay, according to the area’s daily newspaper, is repairs to lower Main Street will meet an estimated $250,000 to $300,000 shortfall after $605,000 of a Community Development Block Grant is used for the project.

I drive down Lincoln Avenue often.  I don’t think that waiting a year will be that detrimental to my travels and the patchwork of past road repairs sufficiently slows me down.

Specializing in western Massachusetts real estate, call Michael Seward at 413-531-7129 if you are planning on selling a home in the Pioneer Valley. As a former archaeologist who has been by the National Trust for Historic Preservation regarding historic architecture,  Seward has unique skills with regard to marketing historic homes. 

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