Marshfield: Utility poles cause a snag in Rt-139 road project

The Route-139 road widening project broke ground in March and is expected to be completed by the summer of 2014 but Verizon utility poles have caused a holdup.

About a one-mile stretch in Marshfield from School Street to Furnace Street will soon have two lanes of traffic in both directions. But to do so, the telephone poles lining Route-139 need to be pushed back and wires used to stabilize the poles need to be installed on abutter property which consists mostly of local businesses.

However the State Secretary of Transportation Rich Davey says Verizon has yet to get the approval needed to start the work, “There are a couple of abutters, as I understand it, left who have not agreed to the easement yet that Verizon wants to get done. I know we’ve talked to the Verizon staff, they’re anxious to get it done because they don’t like getting calls.”

During a breakfast with state and local officials Tuesday in Marshfield, Davey noted that Verizon was slow in asking abutters for property access. But he asked the Town of Marshfield to work with abutters in order to make sure the Verizon poles are moved as soon as possible so Route-139 road work can continue and be completed on time.

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About Trisha McNeilly

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.