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Bridge Street Temporary Closure

The Erving Highway Department is working with engineers from Weston & Sampson on the reconstruction plans for Bridge Street and the retaining wall that supports the Street in Farley. The engineering and permitting work is expected to continue through the fall and winter with an anticipated final design for bidding in the spring of 2023. In order to complete the engineering work we need to schedule 2 days of soil borings in the layout.

With that said, Bridge Street is scheduled to be closed on August 17, 2022 and August 18, 2022 to allow the soil boring rig to be setup and to conduct the work. These dates are weather dependent and may have to be adjusted. During this time, through traffic will not be allowed.

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work on this project.

Mormon Hollow Road Road Closing

Wendell residents are advised that Mormon Hollow Road will be closed to through traffic as of Monday July 25th, near the Diemand Farm at 126 Mormon Hollow Road. This road closing is required for a major culvert replacement that is over 30 feet in the ground and over 60 feet in length; it will require that the road may possibly be closed for as long as three months.

The Wendell Road Commission understands that this road closing will be a significant difficulty for folks who use that road regularly, especially involving access to the Diemand Farm. This repair has been in the works for several years due to the deteriorated condition of the steel culvert and the gradual collapse of the embankment. The project was engineered in 2019 and on hold while the town put aside the necessary funds. The Road Commission has been concerned that the culvert would collapse unexpectedly, perhaps due to heavy rains or continued corrosion. If that had happened, without plans and contracts in place, the road would have been closed much longer.

Anyone wanting to access the Diemand farm will need to get there by way of Farley Road, from either the easterly end of Farley Road at Wendell Depot Road or the westerly end of Farley Road via Route 2 and Bridge Street. The Town regrets the inconvenience this closure will cause and thanks everyone for their patience.


The Wendell Road Commission is a three-member Board with one member up for election each year. The Commission supervises the operation of the Wendell Road Crew and the Wendell Recycling and Transfer Station (WRATS). The Commission meets at the Wendell highway barn the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM. In 2018 Michael Gifford was re-elected to the Commission and was re-elected Chairman. Other members are Phil Delorey and Wayne Leonard. Joy Gorzocoski has served as Clerk to the Commission for several years.

The WRATS has two new employees this year who have made a great effort in bringing about changes in the services provided at the WRATS. Robert (Robbie) Chiodo and Ray Stone have each worked closely with the Wendell residents in efforts to improve the management of recycling. They have created a new management plan for the operation at WRATS where they are each co-supervisors, and they have developed new procedures that make the WRATS run much more efficiently. Residents will note the improvements to the traffic flow, the renovated office, updated signage and other improvements to the operation. Robbie and Ray should be appreciated for taking on a tough job and making it run smoothly.

This year the Wendell Depot Bridge was replaced following more than two years of planning and design work. The work was originally designed by Stantec, Inc., and was taken over for construction supervision by an association of professionals, including Franklin County Council of Government, for procuring services, Tighe & Bond Engineers, for construction engineering, and Sara Campbell, P.E., for construction oversight. The total cost for services associated with the bridge design and construction was $125K, with construction completed by Renaud Bros. for a cost of $657K. The Bridge was replaced with funding from a $450K grant from the MA Small Bridges Program and funds from the MassDOT Chapter 90 program.

Other projects completed this year included:

Repaving on Montague Road
Repaving on Lockes Village Road
Replacement of culverts on Lockes Village Road
Roadside regrading on several roads under guardrails for improved drainage
Roadside clearing and general maintenance of roadways and equipment
Engineering on four culverts in need of replacement: Mormon Hollow Road, intersection of New Salem Road and Morse Village Road, two culverts on Cooleyville Road

The Town had to purchase a new front-end loader this year the 20-year old Case loader became unreliable and too expensive to maintain. A new Volvo loader purchase has included a trade-in on the old loader, with a net cost to the Town of $135K. The Town also purchased a new pickup truck this year. The pickup will help the Road Crew get into the smaller areas that need clearing and will save on wear and tear on the larger trucks.

The Highway Crew includes Rich Wilder, Supervisor, Allen Frost and Jon Bowers. The Road Commission feels very strongly that the crew is very diligent and conscientious in the performance of their duties, including untold hours of continuous snowplowing during the worst conditions.

Respectfully submitted,

Wendell Road Commissioners

Michael Gifford, Chair

Phil Delorey

Wayne Leonard


Public Meeting: Town of Wendell Road Commissio

The Town of Wendell Road Commission will hold a Public Meeting to discuss repairs and redesign of the intersection of roads at Lockes Village Road and Locke Hill Road, and will discuss removal of a large tree that is considered a hazard to safety. The meeting will be held in the Meeting Room at the Wendell Town Offices at 9 Morse Village Road at 6:30 PM on Tuesday November 19, 2019.

Road Commission

The Wendell Road Commission is made up of three members.  The Road Commission oversees the operation of the Highway Department and the WRATS.

The road commissioners are responsible for creating budgets for both departments.

It should be noted that if there is ever a problem with the roads, please contact the Highway Department at 978-544-3735.

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