Carver: Rt.58 abutters asked to ‘donate’ property

Carver is asking Rt.58 abutters to donate easements to the town, about 100 temporary and 20 permanent, for the reconstruction of a 2-mile stretch of road.

VHB Engineer Ross Morrow, the design engineer for the project, explained the difference between the types of easements.

“The temporary easement is just so the construction worker can do his work, and will be dissolved or cancelled when the work is complete,” Morrow said, “A permanent easement grants access for the town to be able to maintain whatever it was taken for. If it’s a wall or a rip-rap slope [and] they’ve got to get in a repair something, it gives them the right to do it.”

Morrow added that the property owner still owns the land in a permanent easement situation, and could use it for an approved purpose.

Bill Halunen, former Public Works Superintendent, said he started this project back in 2010. “I knew that Rt.58 needed to be rehabilitated,” he said, “I wanted to beautify it through the center of town…the project goes all the way to Purchase Street with a sidewalk and that’s good for the kids.”

Halunen added that this part of Rt.58 has “potholes you’ve never seen before.” He said the project isn’t hurting anyone and will be good for the community.

Carver held a meeting at Town Hall Tuesday night to address all abutters’ questions and concerns about the project and it’s effects on their property.

Abutter questions and concerns focused on the duration of the easements, a construction timeline, traffic disruptions,  and anticipated individual property damage or alteration.

Morrow said the project will go out to bid in August of this year, and construction will most likely begin in the spring of 2015.

According to a MassDOT representative, they usually request a three-year window for projects like this due to the unpredictable winter weather.

Town Administrator Michael Milanoski  said due to this request, the temporary easements will be set to expire in August of 2017.

Milanoski assured the abutters that any damage to their property would be fixed and restored after construction. He also acknowledged that Main St. would not be shut down completely during the construction period, but may be coned off at times.

Some residents raised questions about the sidewalks.

Morrow said that five-foot-wide sidewalks will be on the west side of the road between Purchase Street and the John Carver School, on both sides of the road from the John Carver School through the Center of town, and the east side of the road south of that to South Meadow.

“It provides mobility, it’s safe access for pedestrians, it’s pretty much the state standard now to make sure all users have proper accommodations,” Morrow said, “And it’s something the town wanted.”

Theresa Bryant, a Mutual Bank representative in town says they have already donated two parcels of land. “We’ve been in the town for over 20 years,” she said, “I think it’s going to be a great project and I think the community is going to be all the better for it.”

After questions and concerns were addressed, abutters viewed the site plans and were able to discuss individual property concerns. Milanoski hopes to resolve all issues and get the easements signed before town meeting in June.

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About Samantha Tracey

Samantha Tracey graduated from Salem State University in 2013 with a degree in Journalism. She has been reporting on local issues in a variety of towns: Bridgewater, Abington, Carver, Weymouth, East Bridgewater, Hanson, Halifax, etc. She says growing up on the South Shore has made it interesting now to be covering news in such familiar places.