Hanover: Rt.53 construction delayed but entering final stretch

Three years of construction later, the Route 53 project in Hanover enters its final stretch.

Completion of the road widening and bridge reconstruction project was originally slated for July 9th however the big orange construction cones lining Washington Street in Hanover won’t be gone until October now, according to State Representative Rhonda Nyman.

“There were some structural supports, emergency supports, that needed to be put on the bridge. And then there were some utility delays as well. It’s only about a three and a half month delay. I know for a lot it seems like a long time but it was an original three year contract,” said Rep. Nyman

Road and bridge work, which stretches from the Hanover Mall to Friendly’s restaurant, will cost the Mass Department of Transportation just under $7.6 million, but MassDOT also added a traffic light at the entrance and exit of Route 3 North as part of the project said Rep. Nyman, “A few things like the traffic signal that they’ve put in here will be a huge help. I know myself, coming off here and trying to get across that road is a little difficult and a task at times.”

Route 53 construction is more than 80% complete.

Rep. Nyman said she’s hopeful that it will wrap up before the holiday season.

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With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.