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Downtown Initiative Design and Construction Project

Hopkinton’s Downtown Initiative Steering Committee (DISC) continues to work with Beta Group on the downtown design. Hopkinton residents voted in 2010 to fund the design process ($400,000) with the construction to be funded by a state roadway construction grant of approximately $4,000,000. The initial design was presented to the public for their feedback at two presentations in November. The DISC committee also made a presentation to the Selectmen in December. No final decisions have been made at this point and feedback from residents is welcomed. If you have questions or comments about the project, please contact Hopkinton’s Facilities Coordinator/Town Engineer, David Daltorio at
508-497-9738 or ddaltorio@hopkinton.org.

Items included in the state grant are:

  • Rehabilitate Pavement
  • Upgrade Storm Drainage Facilities
  • Reconstruct and Improve Sidewalks
  • Reset / Install New Curbing
  • Provide ADA Compliant Wheelchair Ramps / Access
  • Traffic Signal Upgrades
  • Possible New Signal(s)
  • Streetscape Enhancements
  • Landscaping/Plantings
  • Reduce Crosswalk Lengths & Improve Markings

Related Items NOT included in the state grant (The Town of Hopkinton may opt to go forward with and fund some of these items its own):

  • Upgrade Water Main on Main St
  • Possible Undergrounding of Utilities ($2.6 million from Cedar St to Ash St OR $6.6 million from Wood St to Ash St)
  • Possible Period Lighting
  • Coordination with Legacy Farms’ Improvements

Hot Button Topics (see images and news articles below):

  • 135/85 Intersection – Whether or not to straighten the intersection at Rt 135 and Rt 85, which would involve taking some of Colella’s Supermarket’s land.
  • Main St/Wood St Intersection – Whether or not to increase the turn angle for vehicles headed Eastbound on Main St and turning left on Wood St (Rt 135), which would involve relocating or tearing down the house at 2 West Main St.
  • Cost – Although burying the power lines would be aesthetically pleasing and would give more flexibility in designing the sidewalks and lanes, it would be expensive and not covered by the state grant. The cost estimate is $2.6 million from Cedar St to Ash St OR $6.6 million from Wood St to Ash St.

Documents and Images of the Design for your Reference:

Recent Articles on this Topic:

Hopkinton Crier: Committee tweaks Hopkinton downtown improvement proposal
By Michael Morton/Daily News staff

Hopkinton Crier: Downtown talks get thorny in Hopkinton
By Michael Morton/Daily News staff

HopkintonPatch: Old Intersections Create New Problems
At its bi-weekly meeting, selectmen discussed the next step for the Main Street redesign.

Other December Updates

Patch Holiday Decorating Contest
Patch is having a contest where the Best Decked House will win $100,000 for their local schools. If your house is all decked out for the holidays, please be sure to submit a photo. Read more at http://deckthehouse.patch.com/

Hopkinton selectmen to appoint new finance director
Metrowest Daily News

Casino News
Gov. Patrick Appoints Stephen Crosby Chair of the Mass. Gaming Commission
Governor Deval Patrick appointed Stephen Crosby as chair of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission Tuesday.
Casino towns face zoning obstacles
By Michael Morton/Daily News staff

High School Track
No recourse for Hopkinton in high school track blunder
By Michael Morton/Daily News staff

Center School Conditions
Due to water from Hurricane Irene in August, the Center School gym floor has suffered some serious damage and needs to be replaced. It is not expected to be usable again until late winter/early spring 2012. Children have been having their P.E. classes in the library, cafeteria, outside and in their classrooms so far this year. It is not known yet how much, if any, of the cost will be covered by insurance. Read more from Principal Chris Kennedy at http://community.icontact.com/p/hopkinton_public_schools/newsletters/centerschools/posts/update-on-gymnasium-floor