WILMINGTON, MA — At this week’s Board of Selectmen Meeting, Town Manager Jeff Hull announced that the town recently received $50,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (APRA) funds to begin a sidewalk project on Andover Street.
“Green International Affiliates will be assigned the work of completing engineering services for the sidewalk project from Andover Street to Emerald Avenue,” wrote Hull in a memo to Selectmen. “The grant funds are expected to permit work to be completed to the 25% design stage. The scope of work will include topographic and boundary survey, base map development, and a preliminary layout. Factors to be considered during this phase will be environmental constraints, utility poles, sight distance, drainage issues, and ledge.”
The bad news? The actual sidewalk construction would likely not begin until Fiscal Year 2027 (July 1, 2026 to June 30, 2027).
Nevertheless, Hull is pleased with the $50,000 grant, which was administered by the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development, and secured by Wilmington’s state legislative delegation.
“Taking advantage of the ARPA funds by completing 25% design will provide the Town with insight about the challenges and costs associated with moving the project to final design and construction,” wrote Hull.
Before tackling the Andover Street sidewalk project, the town is first looking to complete the Shady Lane Drive sidewalk project. Sidewalks on Shady Lane Drive will be constructed to Whitefield Terrace in the upcoming construction season, and then Middlesex Avenue in a future construction season.
Following the completing of the Shady Lane Drive project, the town will install sidewalks on Woburn Street, from Sheridan Road to Salem Street.
“The projects on the town’s Capital Improvement Plan are all subject to shifting demands, available funding, the ever-increasing cost of construction, and — more recently — the supply shortages given the existing supply chain issues,” noted Hull.