Jeffrey Gillen, Chief
Public Safety Building
181 Main St
Groveland, MA 01834
For Immediate Release
Friday, July 21, 2017
Media Contact: John Guilfoil
*Traffic Alert* Major Construction to Occur on Route 97 in Groveland
Groveland Police Advise Residents to Seek Alternate Routes
GROVELAND — Chief Jeffrey Gillen reports that extensive roadwork will begin next week on Route 97 and motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes.
On Monday, July 24, workers will begin grinding and grading the southbound lane of Route 97, from Parker Road to the intersection of Salem Street and School Street (at the Tea Garden).
Crews will then work on the northbound lane of Route 97, from the intersection of Salem Street and School Street to Parker Road.
Traffic will be reduced to one lane during the week-long construction process. Heavy traffic delays and an uneven driving surface should be expected.
The following week, beginning on July 31, the base coat of pavement will be applied over the course of two days. During this time, only one lane of traffic will be open.
Motorists are asked to seek alternate routes and avoid travel on Route 97. However, residents should be aware that the Groveland Police Department has received numerous complaints of speeding on side roads used to avoid traffic. These include, but are not limited to: King Street, Seven Star Road, Rollins Street and Washington Street.
The Groveland Police Department has extra patrols in place on these secondary roads to help control the flow of traffic and to enforce speed limits. Chief Gillen stresses that it is imperative that motorists drive carefully and practice safe driving at all times, especially with the increased number of vehicles on the town’s secondary roads.
“We understand that this construction is an inconvenience to residents and community members who travel along Route 97 on a regular basis,” Chief Gillen said. “I want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this significant MassDOT road project for Groveland.”