The sidewalks in parts of Somerville’s Magoun Square are torn up. Drivers, who already navigate the square’s three intersecting streets, must now weave their way through a narrow stretch of Medford Street where orange barrels and construction trucks take up some of the roadway.
And recently signs went up warning drivers not to park on the street during the day until June.
“It’s terrible. There’s no place to park,” said Jim Mannett who works in a sign-making business in the square.
Across the street from Mannett’s business is a green sign that reads, “This project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.”
The signs, which signify stimulus-funded projects, have recently popped up along more streets and intersections throughout the region now that the weather is favorable for construction work.
Less than two miles from the work at Magoun Square, another stimulus project sign is posted on Somerville’s Washington Street. Construction is about to start there.
“There are some inconveniences,” Mayor Joseph Curtatone said, adding that, “the upside of all of these projects certainly overshadows any inconvenience.”
Along Dorchester Avenue and A Street in South Boston, drivers have to weave through a maze of orange barrels and raised manholes as crews prepare the road for paving.
“You’re going to see lots of those orange barrels,” said Jeffrey Simon, director of the state’s Recovery & Reinvestment office. “It’s going to be a very active construction season and that’s really the goal.”