Question/Comment: Several residents are concerned about the status of the Steel Plates on the McGrath near Stop & Shop at Mystic Ave. One resident notes that the stretch of road from the traffic lights to Stop & Shop is now rutted with potholes. S/he believes that if this roadway is controlled by the State then the City should demand that it be repaired, as it is hazardous.
City Update 12/3/09: After significant debate between City and State officials on this issue, the State has installed improved steel plates, and maintenance of these plates has been assumed as their responsibility.
City Update 3/23/09: The City Engineer is engaging a consulting engineer to estimate cost of lining large drain. The City has applied for stimulus funds and may need to apply for state revolving fund. In the meantime, the City Engineer will have street contractor look at aligning plates better with street
City Update 10/2/07: The City Engineer reports that the steel plates were installed about 1993 to protect from traffic loads a seriously deteriorated storm culvert in danger of collapsing that exists under the 2 ramps to I-93. We presently have a consulting engineer (Brown & Caldwell) planning a structural lining contract to line this large (7.5'x10') culvert from Broadway to I-93. If and when the City secures the funding for the job, the culvert will be lined and the steel plates can be removed.